Professional-Trump rioters needed to kill Pence and members of Congress
Pro-Trump supporters storm the U.S. Capitol following a rally with President Donald Trump on January 6, 2021 in Washington, DC.
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Federal prosecutors said in a new trial there was “strong evidence” that the pro-Trump rioters who invaded the US Capitol last week intended to “trap and murder elected officials in the United States government “including Vice President Mike Pence.
Prosecutors also noted on the file that “news reports suggest that the siege of the US Capitol may just be the beginning of potentially violent actions by the president [Donald] Trump’s supporters. “
The filing by the office of U.S. Arizona Attorney Michael Bailey called on a judge Friday to arrest Jacob Chansley, one of the most notorious Jan. 6 rioters, without bail. They said he planned to return to Washington next week for the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.
“Chansley is a self-appointed QAnon leader,” said a group of conspiracy theorists who believe many US lawmakers are part of a ring of child molesters and satan worshipers.
“Chansley is an active participant in a violent uprising that sought to overthrow the United States government and has made himself the best-known symbol of it,” the prosecutor wrote.
Michael Sherwin, the acting US attorney for the District of Columbia, undermined the idea that there were indications of attacks by the rioters during a news conference late Friday.
“At the moment we have no direct evidence of kill-capture teams,” said Shermin, whose office started criminal proceedings against Chanley and other federal rioters.
Sherwin said “there may be a split” between his office and those of federal attorneys in Arizona and Texas who have made similar allegations.
But the Arizona file says Chansley, wearing complexion and a horned hat, ran to a Senate podium “where Vice President Pence had presided over and started posing just minutes earlier” to be photographed other rioters.
Pence chaired a joint congressional session that day to officially confirm the election of Biden as president.
A protester yells in the Senate Chamber in Washington, DC on January 6, 2021.
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“Strong evidence, including Chansley’s own words and actions at the Capitol, supports that the Capitol rioters’ intent was to capture and murder elected officials in the United States government,” prosecutors wrote on their file.
“Chansley left a note on the podium of the Senate Chamber where Vice President Mike Pence had presided over the meeting minutes earlier warning, ‘It is only a matter of time, justice will come.’ “”
Prosecutors said that when the FBI questioned Chansley about the meaning of his words, he “did a long disgrace in which he described current and former United States leaders as infiltrators, particularly Vice President Mike Pence”.
“He said he was able to get into the United States Senate in DC ‘by the grace of God’.” Chansley said he was glad he was in the Vice President’s chair because Vice President Pence is a traitor to child trafficking, “the file said.
While Chansley, also known as Jacob Angeli, claimed that he did not mean the note as a threat, “the government disagrees,” the file says.
A protester holds a mannequin with a noose “traitor” written on it during a protest at the Washington Monument in Washington, DC, the United States, on Wednesday, January 6, 2021.
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The prosecutor noted, “Chansley has also expressed an interest in returning to Washington DC for the inauguration and later told the FBI, ‘I’ll still go, you’d better believe it.’ “”
“‘Sure I’d want to be there, as a protester, as a protester, f–‘ a ‘,” he said, according to the file.
In a video interview outside the Capitol when he and other rioters were leaving the complex, Chansley said he had left the Senate and “the cops just walked out with me.”
He also said the mob would leave because Trump posted a message asking them to do so and that the rioters “won” the day.
“We won by sending a message to the Senators and Congressmen. We won by sending a message to Pence: If you don’t … do what your oath is, if you do they don’t keep it. ” Constitution, we’ll remove you then, but one way or another, “Chansley said.
ProPublica reported that last month two women warned Capitol police about Chansley, who they saw “strangely dressed” and “carrying a spear” outside the building.
“He was a character you would recognize – Jacob Chansley, the QAnon supporter in a Viking outfit, who was photographed from the podium in the Senate Chamber last week,” said ProPublica of the women Melissa Byrne and Chibundu Nnake.
“They alerted the Capitol Police at the time that the spear appeared to be violating the complex’s gun ban, but the officials denied their concern,” ProPublica said.
“One officer told them that Chansley was stopped earlier in the day but that the ‘upper classes’ of the police had decided not to take any action against him.
“‘We do not perceive it as a weapon,’ Nnake recalled of the officer who said of the spear,” the article says.
Bryne tweeted Friday, writing, “I am extremely angry that I reported this to the USCP on December 14th for carrying a gun on the Capitol Grounds and was told he would be fine when he was there . It’s me.” seething. Imagine if he was arrested and examined. “
Trump was charged Tuesday by the House of Representatives for instigating the mob that stormed the Capitol complex following a rally on the Ellipse calling on supporters to help him reverse Biden’s election.
Also on Friday, the New York Times reported that the FBI is investigating 37 people in an investigation into the riot murder of Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick.
The Times cited an FBI memo sent to the private sector and others.
Four other people died during the riot, including an Air Force veteran who subscribed to the QAnon theory and was shot trying to climb through a broken window in the House of Representatives building.