What’s a ‘Statutory Attorney General’?

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‘Sovereign citizens’ are strange folks. What’s fascinated me most about them is the weird mix of anarchism and formalism. On the one hand, their angle seems to be that they are totally laws to themselves. No one has any rightful claim to authority over them. And, not surprisingly, they’re really into guns. On the other, they’ve got all the these weird concepts and titles that are pretty deeply rooted in the intricacies of the American state. So they’re ‘constitutional Sheriffs’ or ‘statutory Attorney Generals’. In the latest example of far-right violence against federal officials we’ve got Brent Douglas Cole shooting a BLM official and also claiming he’s “statutory Attorney General of the United States.” Our Dylan Scott delved into the crazy to figure out just what that is supposed to mean. Read the story here.

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