William Barr encourages prosecutors to consider sedition charges for violent protesters: Report

Attorney General William Barr reportedly told federal prosecutors to consider charging violent protesters with plotting to overthrow the government, if they can prove it.

Barr’s advice came as he warned U.S. attorneys general in a call earlier in September that violent demonstrations might worsen as Election Day draws closer, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Among several federal charges Barr encouraged prosecutors to pursue, he cited the sedition law, a rarely used statute legal experts argue would be difficult to enforce. In order to bring a sedition case, prosecutors would have to look beyond rhetoric and prove there was a conspiracy to attack government officials that posed an
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