The Justice Division says Trump’s reinstatement talks may gasoline extra violence from his supporters

The federal prosecutor brought up Trump’s rhetoric this week in one of the riots in the U.S. Capitol.

The rioter, Marine Corps veteran Alex Harkrider, ordered a judge to stop his GPS tracking and remove his ankle monitor. The Justice Department denies that request, saying Trump’s rhetoric could inspire Harkrider to turn violent in the future. Harkrider has pleaded not guilty.

“Former President Trump continues to make false claims about the election, suggesting he may be reinstated as president in the near future without another election, and minimizing the violent attack on the Capitol,” prosecutors wrote on the file. “The television networks continue to carry and report these claims, with some even believing the false reports.”

Prosecutors went on to link Trump’s rhetoric to the Capitol rioter’s case: “The defendant in this case is not a good candidate for being without electronic surveillance in the community for the security of the community and the security of democracy in the current one Environment. “

This is not the first time Trump’s lies about the 2020 election have become the subject of some of his ardent supporters indicted in connection with the Capitol Rebellion.

Earlier this spring, federal judges and prosecutors quoted Trump’s rhetoric during detention hearings for some of the Capitol rioters. Judges and prosecutors alike were concerned that Trump’s words could rekindle political violence. And last month, the Homeland Security Department warned that Trump’s “reinstatement” fantasies could lead to more violence from right-wing extremists this summer.

Trump’s language made it difficult for some of his supporters to argue that they could be safely released from prison before the trial.

In the Harkrider case, prosecutors say he tried on January 6 to “hinder the historically peaceful transfer of power and overthrow the government.” That day, he brought a tomahawk ax to the Capitol – his lawyers claimed it was just for self-protection from Black Lives Matter and Antifa.

He asked the judge to remove his GPS tracking. His attorney says he pays a monthly fee of $ 110 for surveillance, which is difficult because he “lives on a small government pension he receives for his total disability” from his military service. He was a private in the Marines and served in Iraq and Afghanistan before retiring from the military in 2012.

“This is a financial, emotional and physical hardship for Mr. Harkrider,” wrote his attorney.

Federal Judge Thomas Hogan had not made a decision on GPS monitoring until Friday morning. He released Harkrider from prison in April after serving three months behind bars.

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