Capitol Siege Families Express Frustration Over Supreme Court Decision Protecting Trump

The families and victims of the supposed Capitol “riot” on January 6, 2021, are voicing their dissatisfaction and indignation following the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold former President Donald Trump’s immunity for official activities while in office. This decision upends the special counsel Jack Smith’s case against Trump for purported attempts to rig the 2020 election results.

The trial has been postponed indefinitely after the Supreme Court directed the district court to reconsider whether or not Trump’s alleged actions qualified as official acts. Through a variety of media channels, families and victims are sharing their dissatisfaction and anxieties.

“The recent decision by the Supreme Court was appalling and should frighten every citizen of the United States,” said Craig Sicknick, brother of Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick.

In a letter obtained by CBS News, Craig Sicknick described the suffering his family is going through and berated the court’s decision, saying that the rich are getting away with everything. The mother of a congressional staffer and retired Capitol Police sergeant Aquilino Gonell, among other victims, have denounced the decision, describing it as “crushing” and “deeply upsetting.”

Harry Dunn, a former Capitol Police officer, emphasized the need for accountability on a call hosted by the Biden campaign and blasted the Supreme Court.

The Sicknick family sent Craig Sicknick a letter expressing their dissatisfaction and their decision to forego media interviews. The letter ended with a melancholy assessment of how the court’s ruling would affect the country’s future.