Biden DOJ Wants DC Acting U.S. Attorney to Switch to Special Role in Capitol Infringement Case


The Department of Justice has indicated that Columbia District Acting U.S. Attorney Michael Sherwin wants to remain in some special prosecutorial capacity to oversee the Capitol Infringement Investigation, sources aware of the situation told Fox News.

The news comes when the Biden government is expected to ask President Trump-appointed U.S. attorneys to resign – with the exception of the attorney who oversees the Hunter Biden-related tax case, David Weiss of Delaware, and John Durham, who continues. in the role of Special Adviser to Russia on the Origin of the Probe.

Sherwin was appointed to the post last year by Attorney General William Barr during the Trump administration.

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But sources told Fox News that although asked to leave Columbia as a trusted U.S. attorney, leadership within the Biden Department of Justice wants Sherwin to remain accountable to the Capitol for violating the Capitol.

Acting U.S. attorney Michael Sherwin will speak at a press conference in Washington on Tuesday, January 12, 2021. Federal prosecutors intend to raise “significant” cases in the U.S. Capitol last week’s riots over possible bribery and conspiracy charges. (Via Sarah Silbiger / Pool AP)

One source told Fox News that the Department of Justice wants Sherwin to serve in some special prosecutorial capacity from the Chief Justice.

It is currently unclear who will replace him at the DCUS Law Firm.

Neither Sherwin nor a Justice Department spokesman responded immediately to Fox News’ comments.

Sherwin oversaw the criminal proceedings resulting from the January 6 riots in the Capitol.

Sherwin vowed to “bring as many rewards as possible based on his conduct.”

“We’re not going to keep anything out of our arsenal because of potential charges,” Sherwin said at a news conference last month.

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After the siege of the Capitol, Sherwin said the Justice Department is considering raising charges of rebellion against some of the disruptors, accusing them of trying to overthrow or defeat the government.

In total, federal authorities have charged more than 150 people with the siege of the Capitol.

As for the other federal prosecutors, a senior Justice Department official told Fox News that U.S. Delaware attorney David Weiss, who oversees the federal investigation into Hunter Biden’s “tax affairs,” remains in place.

A well-placed government source told Fox News that Hunter Biden is the subject / target of the Grand Jury investigation. According to the source, “target” means that “there is a high probability that the person in question has committed a crime,” while “subject” means someone who “you can’t know for sure.”

The source also told Fox News that this investigation was partly predicted by suspicious activity reports (SARs) related to suspicious foreign transactions.

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Another source familiar with the investigation told Fox News that the SSCs concern sources in “China and other foreign nations.”

The investigation was initiated in 2018, according to a source familiar with the case.

Meanwhile, the senior official also told Fox News that John Durham, a U.S. attorney in Connecticut, is resigning from his U.S. attorney position but will continue to investigate the origins of Trump as a special adviser for years now. Russia’s probe.

Last week, Senator Lindsey Graham, a senior Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, called on Attorney General Monty Wilkinson to “refrain from interfering” in Durham’s investigation and federal investigation into Hunter Biden’s “tax affairs” while the Senate works to strengthen Biden. candidate to lead the Ministry of Justice.

The Senate is currently working on the appointment of Judge Merrick Garland as Attorney General.

Fox News David Spunt and the Associated Press contributed to this report.