Government drops charges against all inauguration protesters

Government drops charges against all inauguration protesters

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal prosecutors on Friday moved to drop charges against the last 39 people accused of participating in a violent protest on the day of President Donald Trump’s inauguration. The motion to dismiss charges by the U.S. attorney’s office seemingly ends an 18-month saga that started with the Justice Department attempting to convict more than 190 people. That effort saw the government facing off against an intensely coordinated grassroots political opposition network that made Washington the focus of a nationwide support campaign — offering free lodging for defendants, legal coordination and other support. Members of that activist network were declaring victory on Friday. Recommended Video: Now Playing: The head of the powerful National Rifle Association in the United States has slammed advocates of gun control, accusing some of exploiting last week’s school shooting in Florida. Wayne LaPierre blasted "opportunists" and "European-style socialists" in America, accusing the NRA’s critics of waiting "not one second to exploit tragedy for political gain". More than a week on from the atrocity that left 17 people dead, Donald Trump went the furthest he has ever gone on suggesting reforms on gun control. However, the president reiterated his idea of arming some teachers, first raised on Wednesday, and suggested they be paid a bonus. It has drawn a mixed reaction in a country fiercely divided over how to curb mass shootings and everyday gun violence. The National Rifle Assocation (NRA) heavily backed Trump during his 2016 presidential campaign. On Thursday its chief accused […]

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