Lee Heidhues 3.16.2023
What was the editor of The Jewish Press thinking when he participated in the attempted Coup d’etat in Washington on January 6, 2021?
The Feds apparently have video evidence of Elliot Resnick’s participation. The optics are not good.
The 23 page criminal indictment lays out the details in granular fashion. Click the link according to access the Department of Justice file.
Excerpted from The Times of Israel and The Guardian 3.16.2023
In a new arrest on Thursday, a former top editor of an Orthodox Jewish newspaper in New York was arrested on charges that he interfered with officers trying to protect the Capitol on January 6.
The former editor of an Orthodox, right-wing Jewish news site was arrested Thursday and charged with assaulting a police officer during the January 6, 2021, storming of the US Capitol by then-US president Donald Trump’s supporters.
Elliot Resnick, a 39-year-old New Yorker who had been the editor of the Jewish Press at the time of the insurrection, was also charged with the felonies of obstructing an officer from performing their duties during an incident of civil disorder, entering and remaining in restricted grounds, disorderly conduct in restricted grounds and demonstrating in a Capitol building, according to a press release from the US Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia.
Resnick was arrested in New York and was slated to make a court appearance later Thursday.
Videos show Resnick grabbing the arm of a police sergeant spraying a chemical irritant to stop rioters entering the building, the affidavit says. Another officer tried to remove Resnick’s hand from the sergeant’s arm, the agent wrote.
Federal prosecutors in Washington have reportedly told court officials a thousand more people could be charged in relation to the deadly January 6 Capitol attack.
Matthew Graves, the US attorney in Washington DC, sent a one-page letter to the chief judge of Washington DC federal court, apprising her of the potential deluge of defendants, Bloomberg News reported.
The correspondence provides details on what the US attorney general, Merrick Garland, has described as “one of the largest, most complex and most resource-intensive investigations in our history”.
Graves said in the letter that justice department officials estimated that another 700 to 1,200 defendants could face charges. That would nearly double the number of criminal cases relating to January 6, Bloomberg noted.
Elliot Resnick, 39, was chief editor of the Jewish Press when he joined the crowd at the Capitol, according to an FBI affidavit.
Clay Kaminsky, an attorney representing Resnick, declined to comment.
The Jewish Press, based in Brooklyn, bills itself as the largest independent weekly Jewish newspaper in the US.
Politico reported in April 2021 that video showed Resnick inside the Capitol. Resnick later wrote an article defending the riot without acknowledging his presence that day, Politico noted.
At the time, the Jewish Press publisher, Naomi Mauer, told Politico the newspaper believed Resnick “acted within the law”. The editorial board said Resnick had been “covering the rally and the rest of the day’s terrible events”.
Top Photo – Elliot Resnick at the Capitol – January 6, 2021