UPDATE: Justice Department prosecutors have formally walked back their assertion in a court filing that said Capitol rioters sought to
“to capture and assassinate elected officials.”
A federal prosecutor in Arizona asked a magistrate judge in a hearing on Friday to strike the line in a recent court filing about defendant Jacob Anthony Chansley, a man who is alleged to have led some in the crowd in the first wave into the Capitol with a bullhorn while carrying a spear and wearing a fur headdress.
The view was in a memo in an effort to keep Jacob Anthony Chansley (AKA Jake Angeli) who was in costume rallying people inside the Capitol with a bullhorn, in detention.
Chansley is due in federal court in Arizona today for a detention hearing.His attorney Al Watkins, said on CNN,
“He loved Trump, every word. He listened to him. He felt like he was answering the call of our president. My client wasn’t violent. He didn’t cross over any police lines. He didn’t assault anyone.”
Watkins said Chansley also hopes for a presidential pardon. Don’t hold your breath, if you recall a recent post here, when Trump saw Chansley in costume on TV, he said,
“These people look cheap and poor.”
Prosecutors offered new details about Chansley’s role in the violent siege last week, including that after standing at the dais where VP Mike Pence had stood that morning, Chansley wrote a note saying
“It’s only a matter of time, justice is coming.”
Chansley told the FBI he did not mean the note as a threat but said that pence was a
He went on a long rant about Pence, Biden and other “traitor” politicians as traitors.
Prosecutors accuse Chansley of being a flight risk who can quickly raise money through non-traditional means as
“One of the leaders and mascots of QAnon, a group commonly referred to as a cult.”