The purpose of the funding, they argue, is to continue in their mission of prosecuting those who breached the Capitol that day.
"The United States Attorneys request $34.1 million and 130 term positions (80 term Attorneys) to address the increasing caseloads resulting from the January 6, 2021, breach of the United States Capitol that disrupted a Joint Session of the US Congress in the process of affirming the 2020 presidential election results," the DOJ wrote in their request.
They went on to explain that the caseload is "unprecedented in scale and is expected to be among the most complex investigations prosecuted by the Department of Justice."
"Funding," they argued, "is critically needed to provide the USAO-DC with additional prosecutors and support personnel to respond to the increased caseload, litigation costs, and other court proceedings arising from these cases."
The DOJ warned that if the funding is not granted, it will be forced to carry out justice using bare minimum resources, which would put a strain on the system, and "have a detrimental impact on the United States Attorneys’ ability to backfill vacancies and prosecute important cases in other jurisdictions."
Despite their desperate plea, it is not certain that the DOJ's request will be granted by Congress. As NBC News reports, House Appropriations Chair Rep. Rosa DeLauro explained that, "There are a lot of requests. We're taking a look at all of them and seeing what makes it and what doesn't make it."
"There are a lot of items that are up in the air at this point," said Rep. Marcy Kaptur of Ohio, second highest Democrat on the Appropriations Committee, adding that, "I think those who disgraced our country who perpetrated violence, desecrated these buildings—they should pay the price for that."
According to NBC, Congress has until December 16 to come to an agreement regarding the funding.
Nearly 900 people have been arrested as a result of the DOJ's investigations into the January 6 riot, with more participants being charged by the day.
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