Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jerry Nadler is calling for the DOJ to review the Kyle Rittenhouse verdict after Rittenhouse was acquitted.
Nadler said Friday that the acquittal is a “miscarriage of justice” and claimed it “sets a dangerous precedent which justifies federal review by DOJ”.
“Justice cannot tolerate armed persons crossing state lines looking for trouble while people engage in First Amendment-protected protest,” he added.
Rittenhouse was found not guilty on all five charges brought against him.
Rittenhouse had testified that he did not cross state lines with a weapon last August. He got the gun used in the shootings from his friend in Kenosha earlier that day.
Judge Bruce Schroeder had dropped the charge of possession of a dangerous weapon by a minor because there are exceptions for guns that exceed a certain barrel length.
It is unclear how a DOJ review of the case would go. Independent reported that the DOJ “has no power to ‘intervene on matters of state law’, according to its own website”.