On Wednesday, Attorney General Merrick Garland committed to holding the perpetrators accountable for the riot in the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, while further asserting the Biden Administration's dedication to defending the "right to every eligible citizen to cast a vote that counts." Many took these words to mean the Democrats are using January 6 to go after anyone who they feel might threaten their hold on power. "The Justice Department remains committed to holding all Jan. 6 perpetrators, at any level, accountable under law — whether they were present that day or were otherwise criminally responsible for the assault on our democracy. We will follow the facts wherever they lead," Garland announced at the Department of Justice. [tweet_embed] January 7, 2021[/tweet_embed] Garland recounted an overview of the violence experienced last year when former President Donald Trump called on his followers to attend a speech outside the White House on Jan. 6, which later escalated into an attack on the Capitol building throughout Trump's address. The attorney general thanked members of the public who contributed to the DOJ's continuing investigation into the riot, stating the department has received more than 300,000 tips from "ordinary citizens" and investigators have searched through almost "15 terabytes" of data surrounding the incident. Throughout the attorney general's speech, he recounted the "repeated violent attacks" against outnumbered law enforcement officers throughout the Jan. 6 attack, stating some perpetrators used chemical agents and another officer was "repeatedly tased" and beaten, later suffering from a heart attack. "By now, though, we have charged over 325 defendants with felonies, many for assaulting officers and many for corruptly obstructing or attempting to obstruct an official proceeding," Garland stated. [tweet_embed] January 7, 2021[/tweet_embed] Garland later changed his course, stating the "protection of the Voting Rights Act has been drastically weakened" in recent years. Garland lamented the Supreme Court's narrowing of federal voting rights protections in the Shelby County decision in 2013. "It is essential that Congress acts to give the department the powers we need to ensure that every eligible voter can cast a vote that counts," the attorney general continued. Garland's remarks come as Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has pressed to hold a vote regarding the Senate filibuster rules, an obstacle standing in the way of Democrats' key voting rights legislation. Matthew Miller, who was DOJ spokesman when Eric Holder was attorney general during the Biden Administration, commended Garland's speech in a tweet. Though Miller stated, "He is more Conservative than most A.G. 's would be." Miller added the speech still left questions unanswered, such as whether he believes "organizing a coup is illegal under U.S. criminal code? I.E. can Trump & co. possibly be prosecuted for it?" [tweet_embed] January 7, 2021[/tweet_embed] Garland said to guarantee all perpetrators are held accountable for the riot, "we must collect the evidence. We follow the physical evidence, we follow the digital evidence. We follow the money. But most importantly, we follow the facts, not an agenda or an assumption." According to the White House, President Joe Biden is expected to deliver an address on Thursday to speak the "truth" of what happened on Jan. 6 last year.