This authoritarian nightmare can't end soon enough:
If two or more persons in any State or Territory, or in any place subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, conspire to overthrow, put down, or to destroy by force the Government of the United States, or to levy war against them, or to oppose by force the authority thereof, or by force to prevent, hinder, or delay the execution of any law of the United States, or by force to seize, take, or possess any property of the United States contrary to the authority thereof, they shall each be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both.
Bolding mine. What's the first thing that crossed your mind when you read that? It should be the Bundy family taking over a Federal facility in Oregon, which fits that statute to the T. But they were not charged with Seditious Conspiracy. As a matter of fact, all of the charges against them were dropped when a judge declared a mistrial. Nevermind the fact the whole world saw them commit the crime, and nevermind the fact right-wing snipers were photographed targeting Federal and state law enforcement officers. Their rights must not be infringed upon. Back to the Kakistocracy:
The deputy attorney general, Jeffrey A. Rosen, said in an email to federal prosecutors that they should consider use of the sedition statute and other federal laws to try to stop violence at protests this summer — even in instances where local law enforcement would typically bring charges.
Mr. Rosen sent the email a day after reports that Mr. Barr had told federal prosecutors on a call last week that they should consider charging rioters and others who had committed violent crimes at protests, even in cases where local prosecutors might typically take the case; and to consider all available federal charges, including sedition. Some on the call viewed it as a highly unusual use of the charge.
“The attorney general and I recently discussed with you the need to consider the use of a variety of federal charges when they may be appropriate, including seditious conspiracy,” Mr. Rosen wrote.
"Some" on the call viewed it as unusual? Every prosecutor on that call should have been outraged at such an extreme abuse of the system. But apparently some of them have drank the Fat Orange Emperor's kool-aid. And of course Rosen is only outraged by the fact the media was made aware of this patently un-American effort:
U.S. attorneys defended department leaders for urging prosecutors to be aggressive in charging people with federal crimes in places where they viewed local prosecutors as too lax in trying to control and stop violent activity.
“I genuinely think that the attorney general is pushing for federal prosecutions because of a complete abdication of responsibility by local prosecutors in certain jurisdictions,” said McGregor Scott, the U.S. attorney in Sacramento.
But the mention of the sedition act on the call last week with U.S. attorneys drew criticism from some former department lawyers, who said such charges could be overreach.
Mr. Rosen said the mention of sedition on the call was “misrepresented and criticized in the media,” and he expressed disappointment that department officials had shared the information with reporters.
You don't work in the Lubyanka fortress, jackass. We don't have secret police charged with rounding up outspoken citizens and "disappearing" them or shipping them off to Siberia. We're not supposed to, anyway.