Democratic politicians and many in the mainstream media have spent months describing the riot on Capitol Hill in January as a violent insurrection.
Nevertheless, a recent announcement by the Department of Justice confirmed that it would be dropping all charges being pursued against one of those suspects arrested at the scene.
“Serves the interest of justice”
According to the Washington Examiner, New Yorker Christopher Kelly was among hundreds of individuals taken into custody in the aftermath of the Jan. 6 incident.
The outlet noted that he faced a number of charges including obstructing Congress, aiding and abetting, unlawful entry, and disorderly conduct.
U.S. Attorney Channing Phillips and Assistant U.S. Attorney Tejpal Chawla, however, moved to have those charges dismissed on Tuesday, arguing that it “serves the interest of justice” to do so.
“The United States moves this Court, with the consent of the defendant Christopher Kelly, through counsel, Edward MacMachon, Jr., moves to dismiss the Complaint without prejudice, and end this matter,” a DOJ court filing stated.
Kelly was arrested on Jan. 20 and his first court appearance came about three weeks later, the document revealed.
“Where will you be on 1/6?”
“The matter has been continued several times, and the next date is June 2, 2021 for the preliminary hearing and status conference,” the motion explained.
Following discussions between federal authorities and defense attorneys regarding “the merits of the case,” the Justice Department determined “that dismissal without prejudice at this time serves the interests of justice,” noting that Kelly has consented to the motion.
The specific reasons behind the about-face were not immediately revealed and Kelly’s attorney did not respond to a request for comment. According to the Examiner, however, an affidavit in the case showed it relied on details provided by a confidential informant.
FBI special agent Michael Andretta stated that an individual listed as “CS-1” received “monetary compensation” for providing the information. The individual was described as someone without a criminal record.
The agent noted that the informant “provided to the FBI screenshots containing content posted to and sent and received by” Kelly’s Facebook account, including a post that stated: “When good men do nothing, evil triumphs. Evil, sin and sinful men must be opposed. God commands those who are good, not just to avoid evil but to actively oppose it. Where will you be on 1/6?”