It's very troubling to me that a group of Americans will do what happened that day. ... It's an embarrassment to me, it should be an embarrassment to every American. — Judge Reggie Walton
It's very troubling to me that a group of Americans will do what happened that day. ... It's an embarrassment to me, it should be an embarrassment to every American. — Judge Reggie Walton
2 Capitol rioters plead guilty while House hearing unfolds; judge calls their behavior 'reprehensible'
The plea hearing for the two Donald Trump supporters, Lori and Thomas Vinson of Kentucky, took place while the select committee hearing about the attack was underway in the House of Representatives.

The Vinsons, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of demonstrating in the Capitol. This has become the standard deal that the Justice Department has offered to nonviolent rioters.

The charge carries a potential maximum sentence of six months in jail, though they'll likely get less than that, and could even receive probation and avoid incarceration. As part of the plea agreement, both agreed to pay $500 in restitution for damage done to the Capitol.

Judge Reggie Walton said he will weigh what sort of sentence will send a message to the public that this type of "reprehensible" behavior won't be tolerated.

"It's very troubling to me that a group of Americans will do what happened that day. It made us an embarrassment," Walton said during the hearing. "I teach in various countries and I'm always touting the greatness of America. It's going to be difficult for me to convince people in other parts of the world that we are that shining light upon a hill because of what happened that day."

He continued, "it's an embarrassment to me, it should be an embarrassment to every American."
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