Two Texas residents who were apprehended by the Federal Bureau of Investigation for their roles in the siege on the United States Capitol on January 6th are now begging President Donald Trump to pardon them.
Jenna Ryan, a realtor, Ryan chartered a private jet to Washington DC to participate in the failed coup and faces federal indictments for “knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority” as well as “disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.”
During the attack, Ryan posted a threat on Twitter.
”Window at the capital (sic). And if the news doesn’t stop lying about us we’re going to come after their studios next,” she wrote.
“It was a very strange experience to be arrested by the FBI,” Ryan told CBS 11 in an interview on Friday. “They’re very professional and it was a very strange feeling. I have a lot of faith in God and I was just praising him and praying and I was just knowing God would take care of me in this situation.”
Ryan insists that she was merely following the president’s marching orders.
“I just want people to know I’m a normal person. That I listen to my president who told me to go to the Capitol. That I was displaying my patriotism while I was there and I was just protesting and I wasn’t trying to do anything violent and I didn’t realize there was actually violence,” Ryan said. “I’d just like to apologize for all of the families that are affected by any of the negative environment and I’d just like to say I really love people and I am not a villain that a lot of people would make me out to be, or people think I am because I was a Trump supporter at the Capitol.”
Ryan told CBS 11 she would like President Trump to pardon her.
“I think we all deserve a pardon. I’m facing a prison sentence. I think I do not deserve that and from what I understand, every person is going to be arrested that was there, so I think everyone deserves a pardon, so I would ask the President of the United States to give me a pardon,” Ryan explained.
“I don’t feel a sense of shame or guilty from my heart. I feel like I was basically following my president,” she continued. “I was following what we were called to do. He asked us to fly there. He asked us to be there. So I was doing what he asked us to do,” Ryan said.
“I do feel a little wronged in this situation because I’m a real estate agent and this has taken my company. This has taken my business,” Ryan added. “I am being slandered all over the internet, all over the world, and all over the news and I’m just like a normal person.”
Larry Brock, who also hails from the Dallas area, stands accused of illegally entering the Capitol and has also asked Trump for clemency.
Trump was impeached for inciting an insurrection and likely faces a post-presidency conviction in the Democratically-controlled Senate. He has not indicated if he intends to pardon any of the thousands of people who stormed the Capitol, many of whom sought to assassinate members of Congress, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), and Vice President Mike Pence.
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