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Congressman Biggs Sends Letter to Attorney General Barr about Potential Riots on Election Day

November 2, 2020
Press Release

GILBERT, ARIZONA – Today, Congressman Andy Biggs sent a letter to Attorney General William Barr, urging him to use the tools at his disposal at the Department of Justice to stop any potential criminal behavior stemming from riots on Election Day to ensure order on American streets.

Read the text of the letter below:

November 2, 2020

The Honorable William P. Barr
Attorney General
U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20530

Dear Attorney General Barr:

For the past few months, Americans have watched as extremist groups and violent rioters seized on the legitimate protests of law-abiding Americans as an opportunity to commit violence and sow discord across our country. We’ve witnessed billions of dollars in property damage done to small businesses, historical monuments defaced and torn down, and acts of violence committed against our law enforcement and those within our community. 

Now, as our nation approaches Election Day, we are being told that violent rioters, potentially numbering in the tens of thousands, are planning to descend upon our nation’s capital if President Donald Trump is elected to a second term in the White House. News reports and other documents indicate that these rioters will target the White House, the Capitol, and Republican buildings and citizens throughout Washington, D.C. It is worth noting that there are no such credible threats of similar violence by supporters of President Trump in the event that former Vice President Joe Biden wins the election.

I write to urge you to use the tools at your disposal at the Department of Justice to stop any potential criminal behavior stemming from these planned gatherings and ensure order in our streets. Please describe what plans you have in place to ensure the safety of our nation’s capital, its residents, and our federal and local institutions.

Sincerely,                                                                                                                              

Andy Biggs                                                                
Member of Congress