Attorney General Merrick Garland on Wednesday vowed to hold accountable anyone who was involved in the deadly U.S. Capitol riot “at any level.”
John Dean, the White House counsel to Richard Nixon who later flipped on the then-president over the Watergate scandal, saw that as a warning to former President Donald Trump and his allies.
“Donald Trump and his co-conspirators should not sleep well!” Dean tweeted.
Garland, amid rising criticism that the Department of Justice has focused on charging rioters rather than those who provoked and planned the insurrection, promised “the actions we have taken thus far will not be our last.”
“The Justice Department remains committed to holding all Jan. 6 perpetrators at any level, accountable under law, whether they were present that day, or were otherwise criminally responsible for the assault on our democracy,” he said. “We will follow the facts wherever they lead.”
More than 700 people have been charged over the attack, 300 of those with felonies, said Garland.
“Those involved must be held accountable. And there is no higher priority for us at the Department of Justice,” he added.
Watch Garland’s comments here: