Mar 28, 2022 - Politics & Policy

DOJ wants to hire 131 more lawyers to help with Jan. 6 prosecutions

U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021

Tear gas is fired at supporters of President Trump who stormed the United States Capitol building. Photo: Evelyn Hockstein/For The Washington Post via Getty Images

The Department of Justice wants to hire 131 more lawyers to help prosecute cases related to the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Driving the news: The DOJ is seeking $34.1 million for the effort, according to President Biden's budget request for next year, which was released Monday.

What they're saying: Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco said on Monday that the Jan. 6 investigation is "among the most wide-ranging and most complex that this department has ever undertaken."

  • She added: "Regardless of whatever resources we seek or get, let's be very, very clear: We are going to continue to do those cases. We are going to hold those perpetrators accountable, no matter where the facts lead us, [and] as the attorney general has said, no matter at what level. We will do those cases."

The big picture: More than 770 people have been charged in prosecutions related to the Jan. 6 attack, according to Business Insider.

  • Earlier this month, the first Jan. 6 defendant to go to trial, Guy Wesley Reffitt, was found guilty on all charges.
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