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Statement of U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott

As the senior federal executive branch official in the Eastern District of California, I wish
to condemn in the strongest possible terms what occurred today in Washington, D.C. This is a
nation of laws, not mobs. I have taken an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the
United States on many occasions in my life, as an Army officer, as an elected district attorney,
and as a United States Attorney. Each time that oath placed upon me an obligation to protect the
rule of law in our nation. That obligation is something I, and countless others going back to the
founding of our Republic, have devoted our lives to. The right to assemble peacefully and
petition the government with regard to our grievances is embedded in the very first amendment
to the Constitution, but the conduct today in the nation’s capital is simply unacceptable and must
stop. We have a time honored process for the certification of our national election which is set
forth in the law. Attempts to physically obstruct this aspect of the rule of law are completely
inappropriate and must cease. We are blessed to be the inheritors of the greatest constitutional
republic in the history of the world, one founded upon the rule of law, and we are flirting with
destroying that inheritance. Let us come together in support of a peaceful transfer of power as
provided for under our Constitution and mutually pledge to work together to strengthen our
Republic so that we may pass our inheritance securely to those who come after us.

Press Release

-from press release

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