Capitol Rioter Who Wore Horned Hat Feels He Was ‘Duped’ By Donald Trump
A lawyer working on behalf of Capitol rioter Jacob Chansley - dubbed the QAnon Shaman - has said his client feels he was 'duped' by Donald Trump.
Lawyer Al Watkins told KSDK, Chansley 'regrets very, very much having not just been duped by the president, but by being in a position where he allowed that duping to put him in a position to make decisions he should not have made'.
He went on to say: "Let's roll the months of lies, and misrepresentations and horrific innuendo and hyperbolic speech by our President designed to inflame, enrage, motivate.
"What's really curious is the reality that our president, as a matter of public record, invited these individuals, as President, to walk down to the Capitol with him.
"As to my client, the guy with the horns and the fur, the meditation and organic food... I'm telling you that we cannot simply wave a magic wand and label all these people on January 6th the same."
Chansley's lawyer had previously asked the former president for a pardon before he left office.
Watkins argued that Trump ought to pardon his Chansley as he 'felt he was answering the call' of the former POTUS.
Watkins said: "My client did not break into the Capitol, my client had the doors of the Capitol held for him by Capitol police."
Before adding 'the only honourable thing for him [Trump] to do for those who were peace-loving, for those who did go there with peace in mind, who weren't going there to be violent' was to pardon them.
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But it appears Trump didn't agree and the pardon was not granted.
Chansley has been charged with knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority, and with violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.
A statement from the Department of Justice (DoJ) said: "It is alleged that Chansley was identified as the man seen in media coverage who entered the Capitol building dressed in horns, a bearskin headdress, red, white and blue face paint, shirtless, and tan pants.
"This individual carried a spear, approximately 6 feet in length, with an American flag tied just below the blade."
Following an appearance in court, Chansley was denied bail with the judge saying he had 'no confidence' he would follow any pending court orders.
Speaking after the riot, Chansley was defiant, telling reporters: "The fact that we had a bunch of our traitors in office hunker down, put on their gas masks and retreat into their underground bunker, I consider that a win."
It was claimed in court Chansley left a note for the former US Vice President Mike Pence that warned: "It's only a matter of time, justice is coming."
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