Here’s The Price Tag For Damage To The U.S. Capitol Caused By Trump’s “Peaceful Protestors”
The price tag for repairing the physical damage done to the U.S. Capitol by pro-Trump rioters during the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection is just shy of $1.5 million – and federal prosecutors are going after defendants to pick up the tab.
The U.S. attorney’s office in Washington cited the damage estimate on Wednesday in federal court and papers filed in connection with a guilty plea entered by Paul Hodgkins of Tampa, Fla. The 38-year-old crane operator pleaded guilty to one felony count of obstructing an official proceeding of Congress. He will be sentenced July 19.
“Your client acknowledges that the riot that occurred on January 6, 2021, caused as of May 17, 2021, approximately $1,495,326.55 damage to the United States Capitol,” stated a plea agreement letter sent by Assistant U.S. Attorney Mona Sedky and signed by Hodgkins and his attorney in May.
The document said Hodgkins agreed to pay $2,000 restitution to the Department of Treasury as part of the plea.
Several defense attorneys said prosecutors are seeking to require restitution of $2,000 in each felony case and $500 in each misdemeanor case.
There are a number of factors that went into determining the damage estimate, including multiple broken windows and doors both inside and outside the building. Other property, such as a sign at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office, also was damaged. In the immediate aftermath of the attack it was reported that historic artwork and furniture was damaged, a 19th century gold mirror was smashed and residue from gas agents and fire extinguishers covered marble walls, ceilings and floors.
Prosecutors seem to be taking the position that all Jan. 6 defendants bear some level of responsibility for the damage and are seeking to spread the cost out in manageable amounts that can reasonably be collected. If they did not seek restitution from the rioters American taxpayers would have to cover the cost of the repairs because the Capitol building is not insured.