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Attorney General Barr told federal prosecutors to be aggressive with charges against violent protesters, and even called for potentially charging them with sedition

  • Attorney General William Barr told prosecutors to bring aggressive charges against those involved in protests including sedition, according to reports.
  • The charge of sedition is levied for alleged attempts to overthrow the government and has rarely been used, the Wall Street Journal reported. 
  • Barr also called for criminal charges against Seattle’s mayor over the city’s autonomous police-free zone during the protests earlier this summer. 
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Attorney General William Barr told prosecutors to bring aggressive charges against those involved in protests including bringing charges of plotting to overthrow the government, several outlets reported. 

Barr reportedly made the assertion in call with federal prosecutors last week where he also said that demonstrations that could turn violent are likely to increase ahead of the November presidential election, the Wall Street Journal reported. 

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Some on the call including US attorneys from across the country were alarmed by the suggestion to charge protesters with sedition, The New York Times reported. 

The Journal reported that sedition charges are rarely used. Legal experts said in order for there to be a sedition charge there has to be proof that there was a conspiracy to attack government officials or agents that posed an “imminent danger,”

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