First active duty service member charged by DOJ in Capitol riot

The first active-duty service member has been charged in connection with the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, Breitbart reported.

On Thursday, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced it had charged 40-year-old Marine Corps Maj. Christopher Warnagiris for his involvement in the unrest at the Capitol building in Washington, D.C. in January.

The charges

The DOJ specifically alleges that Warnagiris “violently” entered the Capitol building by “pushing through a line of police officers guarding the East Rotunda doors.”

Then, once inside the building, the DOJ claims Warnagiris stopped authorities from being able to shut doors thereby allowing others to gain entry.

Warnagiris is now facing a slew of charges including “Assaulting, Resisting, or Impeding Certain Officers or Employee; Obstruction of Law Enforcement During Civil Disorder; Obstruction of Justice/Congress; Knowingly Entering or Remaining in any Restricted Building or Grounds Without Lawful Authority; and Violent Entry and Disorderly Conduct on Capitol Grounds,” Breitbart reported.

First service member

According to Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Martin Meiners, Warnagiris is the first active-duty service member to be arrested by the DOJ in conjunction with the Capitol riot.

To put this into perspective, it is estimated that over 1,000 people entered the Capitol on Jan. 6 in connection with the riot. Out of those 1,000 people, about 450 are facing criminal charges. And, out of those 450 people, only one was an active-duty service member.

Forty-one veterans have also been charged, as well as four reservists.

Baseless smears against the military

These numbers show that the leftist narrative that the U.S. military is filled with “extremists,” particularly right-wing extremists, is completely baseless.

Following the riot at the Capitol, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin ordered a 60-day stand down for military commanders in order to discuss extremism in the military as well as how to combat it. Austin, to that end, is establishing a “Countering Extremism Working Group.”

As noted by Republican Sen. Dan Sullivan (AK), Austin hasn’t been able to provide any data or evidence to back up his claim of widespread “extremism” in the military.

“Let’s get data, before we make these giant, sweeping claims like the under secretary of defense did,” Sullivan said at the hearing for Biden’s nominee for Army Secretary Christine Wormuth on Thursday. “I don’t know how the hell [Austin’s] going to lead the Pentagon.”

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