"We are evaluating all our policy options (as) to what we can do to create a change of conditions, where either (Venezuelan President Nicolas) Maduro decides he does not have a future and wants to leave on his own accord, or we can return the government processes back to the constitution", the department said in a statement. "The violent fascists, those who wage economic war on the people, those who wage psychological war, justice is coming for you".
Opposition leaders are calling for a mass protest Friday. "We shall start to act as of tomorrow. If that is so, then I feel proud of the proposed sanction", said Maduro.
Maduro vows the assembly will strip opposition lawmakers of their constitutional immunity from prosecution, while members of congress say they will only be removed by force.
On Sunday, Maduro said one of the priorities of the Constituent Assembly would be the "restructuring" of the office of the attorney general. A growing list of foreign nations has refused to recognize the assembly and many within Venezuela fear its installation will open a dark chapter in the nation's history.
On Friday, the Vatican urged Maduro to suspend the new body, expressing "deep worry for the radicalization and worsening" of the turmoil in Venezuela.
Venezuela has been racked by crisis for several months, with Maduro's regime placing opposition figureheads such as Ledezma under house arrest as protests rage across the country.
Venezuela's president and election chief Wednesday denied a report that voter turnout numbers were manipulated and inflated by at least 1 million for the controversial election to choose an assembly to rewrite the national constitution. In the case of Venezuela, the bishops have been openly against the assembly.
It was also widely dismissed as illegitimate by the worldwide community, who saw it as a way for Maduro to bypass the legitimate Parliament - the National Assembly - which is now controlled by the right-wing opposition.
Ortega Diaz filed a complaint Thursday seeking a court order to block installation of the new assembly.
Some two weeks before, on the other hand, when the country came together to vote in a a symbolic referendum organized by the opposition to reject Maduro's attempts at re-writing the country's constitution, the bishops strongly supported the referendum, even though, legally speaking, it had no standing. Mugica told reporters in London on Wednesday that results recorded by his company's systems and those reported by the National Electoral Council show the official turnout count was off by at least 1 million votes.