January 13, 2021
City, NV – Today, Attorney General Aaron D. Ford joined a
bipartisan coalition of 50 states, territories, and the District of Columbia, condemning
the January 6th riot at the U.S. Capitol and stating such actions cannot
be allowed to go unchecked.
“We, the undersigned state
attorneys general, are committed to the protection of public safety, the rule
of law, and the U.S. Constitution. We are appalled that on January 6, 2021,
rioters invaded the U.S. Capitol, defaced the building, and engaged in a range
of criminal conduct—including unlawful entry, theft, destruction of U.S.
government property, and assault. Worst of all, the riot resulted in the deaths
of individuals, including a U.S. Capitol Police officer, and others were
physically injured. Beyond these harms, the rioters’ actions temporarily paused
government business of the most sacred sort in our system—certifying the result
of a presidential election.
We all just witnessed a very
dark day in America. The events of January 6 represent a direct, physical
challenge to the rule of law and our democratic republic itself. Together, we
will continue to do our part to repair the damage done to institutions and
build a more perfect union. As Americans, and those charged with enforcing the
law, we must come together to condemn lawless violence, making clear that such
actions will not be allowed to go unchecked.
Thank you for
your consideration of and work on this crucial priority.”
was joined by the attorneys general of Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California,
Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Guam,
Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland,
Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New
Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota,
Northern Mariana Islands, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South
Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virgin Islands, Virginia, Washington,
West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
letter is attached.