‘Don’t mess with Texas,’ U.S. Attorneys warns forward of presidential inauguration

Are you considering committing a federal crime ahead of the presidential inauguration?

Don’t do it, warned the US lawyers representing the four counties in Texas.

In a press release on Wednesday, they announced their intention to pursue crimes at the state Capitol or elsewhere.

“In this time of polarized political discord, freedom of expression is an important right that must be respected, but those who threaten to harm others, commit acts of violence, destroy property or attack law enforcement agencies must be held accountable for their criminal conduct. ” US attorney Gregg N. Sofer said. “Now more than ever we must respect the rule of law. The United States of Texas law firms, along with our law enforcement partners at the federal, state, and local levels, will bring charges against those who refuse to do so. “

Sofer, along with his colleagues – US attorney Ryan K. Patrick, acting US attorney Prerak Shah and US attorney Stephen J. Cox from the southern, northern and eastern boroughs of Texas – is warning of people who live in Texas or plan to cross state borders to commit crimes here.

Your message? Justice is sought.

The U.S. attorneys plan to work with federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies across Texas to aggressively identify individuals who violate federal law.

These officials want to ensure that “anyone arrested for committing federal crimes in connection with protests or similar events on or around the day of inauguration is processed and held in federal detention pending further criminal proceedings.”

The US Attorney’s Office in Washington, DC, is pursuing those identified in the riot at the Capitol last week.

The U.S. attorneys in Texas said they had and will continue to work with Justice Department officials and necessary law enforcement agencies on these law enforcement efforts.

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