Former White House press secretary Jen Psaki claimed Thursday that a “quiet storm” was brewing in the investigation of the Jan. 6, 2021 riot at the Capitol building.
“You have Merrick Garland and the Department of Justice, and I think he deserves and they deserve credit here, and I was speaking with a Department of Justice official a couple of weeks ago who described Merrick Garland as a quiet storm, somebody who builds,” Psaki, an MSNBC contributor, said during “Morning Joe.”
“That is what he is doing. They went big with Stewart Rhodes. There are more seditionists, he has Jack Smith in charge, a guy prosecuting war criminals. This is a complete badass guy who is doing this, and they are doing serious work here,” said Psaki.
Psaki’s comments came after the founder of the Oath Keepers, Stewart Rhodes, and Kelly Meggs were convicted on charges of seditious conspiracy Tuesday, while three others were acquitted of the charge.
Washington Post reporter David Ignatius pointed to the convictions, calling them a “big deal.”
“I’m very proud of the attorneys, investigators and staff whose unwavering commitment to rule of law and tireless work resulted in yesterday in these two significant victories,” Garland said after the jury’s verdict, according to the Washington Post.
“It’s obvious that our attorney general, Merrick Garland sees it as a significant precedent or basis for further prosecutions of that type,” Ignatius said. “They’re seeing the courts will accept this very deep description of what happened January 6th, and if Merrick Garland decides to keep going with that and moving up and take the evidence that the January 6th committee provides and begin to turn it into actual legal cases, you know, Kevin McCarthy in the house can hold all the hearings they want, but the action in the litigation and the decisions people will face about whether to cooperate or whether to face really significant prison time, that’s going to be, I think, the issue of the next year.”
Psaki took aim at Republican Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California, saying he “didn’t know” what his strategy was after panelists discussed a letter McCarthy reportedly sent to Democratic Rep. Bennie Thompson of Mississippi informing him of a potential investigation into the Jan. 6 select committee.
McCarthy instructed the committee to retain all its records Wednesday, CNN reported.