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US Attorney General Merrick Garland pledged to hold the perpetrators to account “at every level” on Jan. 6, in a speech at the Justice Department on the eve of the first anniversary of the attack on the US Capitol.

Garland on Wednesday defended the Department of Justice’s work in prosecuting those involved in the Capitol riot, which killed at least five people, injured hundreds more, and won the certification of Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory. interrupted.

Progressives have accused the DoJ of not acting aggressively enough in pursuing Donald Trump and his supporters in connection with the attacks.

“We understand there are questions about how long the investigation will take and what exactly we are doing,” Garland said. “Our answer is and will remain the same answer we would give with regard to any ongoing investigation: while it lasts and what it takes to do justice, in accordance with the facts and the law.”

Garland said the Justice Department had issued more than 5,000 subpoenas and search warrants, viewed more than 20,000 hours of video footage and received tips from more than 300,000 ordinary citizens as part of the ongoing investigation. The attorney general said more than 725 defendants had already been charged on criminal counts related to the attack, and indicated that even bigger charges may follow.

“The actions we have taken so far will not be the last,” the attorney general added. “The Justice Department remains committed to holding all perpetrators of January 6 at all levels legally accountable, whether they were present that day or otherwise criminally responsible for the attack on our democracy. We will follow the facts wherever they lead.”

Trump and most members of his inner circle have so far evaded criminal charges related to Jan. 6. However, Steve Bannon, the former adviser to the former president, was charged late last year with contempt of Congress after failing to comply with a subpoena issued by a congressional committee conducting its own investigation into the Capitol attack.

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