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The Biden administration is seeking to reduce charges against two New York City lawyers who firebombed a police car during George Floyd riots, even as they seek longer prison sentences against defendants connected to the January 6 Capitol riots.

Colinford Mattis and Urooj Rahman pleaded guilty last year to making, distributing and throwing a “Molotov cocktail” firebomb into a New York City police vehicle during left-wring riots. 

The terrorist attack and perpetrators were clearly captured on videotape and Rahman was arrested while wearing a t-shirt adorned with a socialist fist icon.


Both faced up to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit arson, and possessing and making an explosive device, with a terrorism enhancement.

But in a stunning move, the Biden Justice Department blocked prosecutors from seeking a terrorism enhancement, claiming it would be unfair to the firebombers and their political beliefs.

The Biden administration claimed that classifying the firebombings as terrorism would “over-represent the maliciousness of the defendants’ intentions,” despite the fact the intention was clearly domestic terrorism.

The Biden administration also praised the firebombers “otherwise law-abiding lives free of prior criminal convictions.”

As a result, the pair could get just a maximum of two years in prison.

That’s less than some January 6 defendants are getting attacks that did not involve explosive devices.

“In the case of a Maryland man who sprayed a fire extinguisher at officers defending the Capitol, prosecutors sought more than four years in prison,” Yahoo News reports.

That man, Matthew Ryan Miller, was sentenced to less than three years in a federal prison, more than Mattis and Rahman will receive for firebombing a police vehicle.

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Michael Brigham has written for American Action News since the summer of 2019. His areas of expertise include foreign affairs, government, and politics, but regardless of the subject matter, he has a nose and an insatiable appetite for news. In his free time, he enjoys reading nonfiction, watching a mix of comedies and true crime documentaries, and spending time away from the swamp hiking in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains.

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raylaser
raylaser
1 month ago

Sad to say, but no surprise here. If you are violent in support of Leftist causes – you’re a good person who was just expressing their point of view against an unjust Conservative system. However, if you’re a Conservative who was walking on public grounds albeit the Capitol, and just because you were there whether or not you did anything destructive or not, you’re considered an insurrectionist and can be held without bond in a moldy prison for over a year without due process of law. Yep, that bout sums it up on how things are these days in our once glorious nation!

Dan Tyree
Dan Tyree
1 month ago
Reply to  raylaser

The left sees the criminals as heroes and patriots

Dicky
Dicky
1 month ago

Biden is a total worthless idiot who needs to be thrown out of the government immediately and permanently now and should be locked up for a long time!

Nannie
Nannie
1 month ago

Enough. Our President making deals with criminals instead of standing strong fro the people.This is why you can’t trust them. Never give up your guns.Never.