Leading January 6 Panel Member Warns Brazilian ‘Fascists’ Aping Trump Rioters ‘Must End Up’ In Jail

The Democrat, who helped lead the House Committee’s January 6 investigation into Donald Trump and efforts to overturn the 2020 election, became one of the first US officials to respond to a massive protest in Brasília, where supporters of ousted former president Jair Bolsonaro sought to to reverse the transfer of power.

It was a chaotic scene that inevitably resembled the attack on the US Congress almost exactly two years earlier, possibly provoking a reaction from Maryland Congressman Jamie Raskin.

“The democracies of the world must act quickly to make it clear that there will be no support for the right-wing insurgents storming the Brazilian Congress. These fascists modeled after Trump’s January 6 riots must end up in the same place: in jail,” he tweeted.

His remarks came hours before an official statement from Jake Sherman, director of the White House National Security Council.

“The United States condemns any attempt to undermine democracy in Brazil. President Biden is following the situation closely, and our support for Brazil’s democratic institutions remains unwavering. Brazil’s democracy will not be shaken by violence,” Sherman said.

Joe Biden later issued a statement while touring the U.S.-Mexico border in El Paso, Texas.

“I condemn the attack on democracy and the peaceful transfer of power in Brazil. The democratic institutions of Brazil have our full support and the will of the Brazilian people must not be undermined,” the president said.

Mr. Raskin and members of the January 6 panel expressed similar concerns about whether Donald Trump and some of his closest advisers would be spared criminal charges stemming from the attack on Congress. Eventually, his committee referred Mr. Trump and several others to the Department of Justice over several criminal charges, although the agency is expected to make its own decisions on the matter through special counsel deliberations in the coming weeks and months.

“[W]We are setting a precedent for future attacks on democracy itself. And that’s really the onus of our committee to make sure we prevent coups, uprisings, electoral sabotage and political violence in the future,” he said in an interview last month.

Jake Sullivan, National Security Advisor to US President Joe Biden, tweeted: “The United States condemns any attempt to undermine democracy in Brazil. President Biden is following the situation closely, and our support for Brazil’s democratic institutions remains unwavering. Brazil’s democracy will not be shaken by violence.”

The chaotic scenes unfolding in Brazil received shockwaves on social media as initial reports indicated that at least some of the responding police and security forces refused to help stop demonstrators as they ransacked the Esplanada dos Ministerios presidential palace and the supreme court.

Bolsonaro supporters storm the National Congress in Brasília (EPA)

Bolsonaro supporters storm the National Congress in Brasília (EPA)

Other police officers were brutally attacked by rioters as they tried to take control of the situation.

It is believed that President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva was not at the presidential palace today and Congress was not in session due to the weekend. Mr. Lula was actually inaugurated a week ago, which made the exact purpose of the protesters unclear.

Ironically, Jair Bolsonaro stayed in Florida when the riots broke out, just a stone’s throw from Mar-a-Lago, where his political ally Donald Trump had retreated after the January 6 attack.

Joaquin Castro, Raskin’s Democrat in the House of Representatives, urged Mr Bolsonaro to bring him to justice, rather than having him “sheltered” by the US from attempts by Brazilian authorities to potentially prosecute him.

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