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FBI resisted opening probe into Trump’s role in Jan. 6 for more than a year

Posted on AllSides June 19th, 2023
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Politics, FBI, Donald Trump, January 6
(Illustration by Elena Lacy/The Washington Post; Photos by Bonnie Jo Mount, Jabin Botsford and Bill O’Leary/The Washington Post)

Hours after he was sworn in as attorney general, Merrick Garland and his deputies gathered in a wood-paneled conference room in the Justice Department for a private briefing on the investigation he had promised to make his highest priority: bringing to justice those responsible for the attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.

In the two months since the siege, federal agents had conducted 709 searches, charged 278 rioters and identified 885 likely suspects, said Michael R. Sherwin, then-acting U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, ticking through...

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