U.S. Attorney Lawrence Keefe wants the mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday to be punished to the fullest extent of the law and if any of the perpetrators live in his jurisdiction, he will do it himself.
Keefe echoed the calls of many other Florida leaders on Thursday, one day after pro-Trump rioters breached the Capitol to object to the scheduled certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s victory over President Donald Trump.
“The criminal acts of domestic terrorism at our nation’s Capitol yesterday shock the sensibilities of all law-abiding, patriotic Americans, regardless of their political leanings. Our Capitol is a historic symbol of the republic and the seat of a lawmaking body that is the envy of the world. The attack on our Capitol is an assault on America’s democracy and an insult to all Americans. It cannot and will not be tolerated,” Keefe said.
“As United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida, our office will do everything within our authority to identify and prosecute any individuals from this district who violated federal law and travelled to Washington to participate in this dangerous lawlessness. These individuals are neither patriots nor protesters; they are shameless criminals, and must