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Former Kyle Rittenhouse Attorney Says He’ll Seek Acquittals For Capitol Insurrection Charges

John Pierce, who was centered in controversy connected to the Kyle Rittenhouse case in Wisconsin, is now attaching himself to another set of potential MAGA martyrs: the defendants charged in the insurrection attempt at the U.S. Capitol Building on January 6th.

WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 06: WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 06: Crowds gather outside the U.S. Capitol for the “Stop the Steal” rally on January 06, 2021 in Washington, DC. Trump supporters gathered in the nation’s capital today to protest the ratification of President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory over President Trump in the 2020 election.(Photo by Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images)

In a video clip from a rally event in DC, Pierce can be seen characterizing the attack as a group seeking to ‘petition their government for redress of grievances” and declaring an intention to take “every one of these cases to trial” and seek acquittals. It is not clear whether Pierce is seeking additional clients, but in May Buzzfeed reported that he was the attorney of record for three defendants, including two Proud Boy members.

Pierce is reportedly seeking a change of venue for at least two of these clients, who he says can’t get a fair trial in D.C. because of “cancel culture” and social and political biases in the Capitol.

As reported by the Kenosha News, Pierce was working on the case of Kyle Rittenhouse, the man charged in the shooting deaths of two protestors in Wisconsin, until Rittenhouse fired him earlier this year. He had previously been controversial due to his own financial history, and afterward additional allegations rose around Pierce, with some close to Kyle accusing the attorney of trying to get a cash advance after donations poured in to the tune of $2 million for Rittenhouse’s bond.

In his speech, Pierce also promotes the conspiracy theory that someone other than the Trump supporters who attacked the U.S. Capitol Building might actually be responsible instead. The event was promoted as a Rally Against Political Persecution, and centers around characterizing the defendants as political prisoners.

People in the small crowd can be seen holding signs suggesting that the defendants are being kept in ‘gulags’ and that Amnesty International should be involved.



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