Choose asks why DOJ is not searching for extra money from US Capitol rioters

“Where we have that Congress donate all of this money directly to the events on Jan. to pay the bill for nearly half a billion dollars, a bit of a surprise, “said Chief Judge Beryl Howell.

“I’m used to the government being pretty aggressive,” Howell added.

The defendant, who pleaded guilty during Monday’s hearing, Glenn Wes Lee Croy, agreed to pay $ 500 in damages, which has become typical of defendants pleading for offense. The few rioters who pleaded guilty to the criminal charge have agreed to pay $ 2,000 in compensation each.

DC's chief federal judge questions criminal offense treaties for US Capitol riotersAs the Justice Department intensifies its efforts to investigate the more than 560 federal cases related to the Sept. Howell has repeatedly questioned whether prosecutors are doing enough to deter similar attacks in the future and whether the offense plea offers adequately take into account the severity of the damage caused that day.

So far, 34 people who resulted from the uprising have pleaded guilty.

According to federal prosecutors, Croy bragged to a social media agent that “I was there on January 6th,” and shared photos of himself at the Capitol. He faces a potential prison sentence of up to six months, although if convicted he may face a much shorter or no prison sentence.

Prosecutors said they would explain why they capped the $ 1.5 million refund before Croy is convicted in October.