(Video: Fox News)
The U.S. Attorney who dropped charges against the nine staffers for late night host Stephen Colbert’s show who unlawfully entered the Capitol to film anti-Republican skits is also the prosecutor in charge of investigating the January 6 protesters who have had the book thrown at them.
Matthew Graves, an appointee of President Joe Biden who was confirmed as United States Attorney for the District of Columbia last year has remained relatively unknown while he pursues the federal government’s cases against the Trump supporters who were in the wrong place at the wrong time, but his slap on the wrist for the “Colbert 9” is drawing attention to what seems to be a serious double standard.
On Monday, Graves’ office announced that it would not further pursue the case against Colbert’s propaganda squad which included “Late Show” producers and writers along with “Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog,” letting them off with less than a slap on the wrist.
“After a comprehensive review of all of the evidence and the relevant legal authority, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia has determined that it cannot move forward with misdemeanor charges of unlawful entry against the nine individuals who were arrested on June 16, 2022 at the Longworth Office Building,” the U.S. Attorney’s office said in a statement.
“We do not believe it is probable that the Office would be able to obtain and sustain convictions on these charges. The defendants no longer will be required to appear for a scheduled hearing in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia on July 20, 2022,” the U.S. Attorney’s office said.
The latest official confirmation that there are two systems of justice in America today, one for those who serve the ruling Democratic party and another for its political enemies drew criticism from many including Fox News host Jesse Watters.
“Is he giving those guys the same treatment?” Watters asked on Monday night’s edition of “Jesse Watters Primetime” where he discussed the news with American Majority founder and CEO Ned Ryun.
“It’s unbelievable hypocrisy by Graves,” Ryun said. “You’re right, he is prosecuting the January 6 protesters and to highlight the hypocrisy more than 200 people have been charged, have plead guilty to parading on January 6 which is a petty offense class B misdemeanor even though they walked through open doors, in front of police, were not asked to leave yet Graves has actually recommended charges and sentencing of 60 to 90 days in jail.”
“But not of Colbert,” he continued. “It was unlawful entry misdemeanor, it’s all been dropped, it could have been up to 180 days in jail but Graves didn’t think that it was worth pursuing, because again Jesse I think this highlights what I think a lot of people are starting to realize but I want to make this point, we have a bifurcated legal system here in this country in which if you have the wrong political views or the wrong political connections, you have the book thrown at you but if you have the right connections, everything gets dropped, and it’s just a shrug as you walk away.”
Ryun added, “and this is a serous problem in this country because one of the fundamental foundational aspects of our republic is the equal application of the law where all stand equal before the law, the law’s equally applied but when the law becomes a political tool to punish political enemies, all bets are off.”
Former President Donald J. Trump also reacted to the unequal application of justice by Biden’s legal attack dog.
“Wow! Prosecutors have just dropped all charges against ratings challenged Colbert Show staffers, who entered the Capitol illegally, disregarded police warnings, wouldn’t leave the premises, and were very loud and disruptive late into the evening, with no security present as is mandated by law. These Radical Left lunatics, from a failing show, were treated so differently than the Unselects are treating so many of our great American Patriots,” he wrote on Truth Social on Tuesday.
According to Graves’ official Justice Department bio: “Mr. Graves began his legal career serving, in 2001, as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Richard W. Roberts, then United States District Court Judge for the District of Columbia. Thereafter, he joined the Washington, D.C., office of Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering (now Wilmer Hale) where he conducted internal investigations of Fortune 500 companies; represented clients before the SEC and other regulators; and handled a variety of litigation matters, including lawsuits involving allegations of securities fraud. Prior to his nomination and commission as United States Attorney, Mr. Graves was a litigation and compliance partner in the Washington, D.C., office of DLA Piper, representing corporations and individuals in government investigations; criminal and regulatory proceedings; and civil litigation.”
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