Judge Blasts “QAnon Shaman” For Lying After Being Caught On Capitol Riot Video
Judge Royce Lamberth is no fan of Jacob Chansley’s. He’s already denied the self-anointed “QAnon Shaman” the freedom to await his trial at home, and later scolded both Chansley and his lawyer for breaking the courthouse rules by doing an interview with “60 Minutes” without notifying the court beforehand.
However, it was that very interview that’s gotten Chansley into even more trouble with Lamberth. Chansley claimed during the segment that the doors to the U.S. Capitol on January 6th were left open for the mob to enter. But two videos debunking his claim were released by the court, and Lamberth is blasting Chansley, saying he “blatantly lied” in the piece.
“Not only is defendant unable to offer evidence substantiating his claim that he was waved into the Capitol, but evidence submitted by the government proves this claim false. A video submitted by the government captures rioters breaking through the windows of the Capitol building,” Lamberth wrote in a 32-page opinion on March 8. “At the same moment that rioters smash the glass and crawl through the windows, the video pans over to show a large group of rioters walking through an adjacent doorway into the Capitol building. Included in that group is defendant, who is easily identifiable by his horned headdress.”
Judge Royce Lamberth gives Jacob Chansley, the horn-wearing face-painting insurrectionist, a lesson in law, and reality: "The Court finds none of his many attempts to manipulate the evidence and minimize the seriousness of his actions persuasive.”
— Harry Litman (@harrylitman) March 10, 2021
“The government’s video shows that defendant blatantly lied during his interview with 60 Minutes+ when he said that police officers waved him into the building,” Lamberth continues in his written opinion. “Further, this video confirms that defendant did not, as defense counsel claims, enter the building ‘contemporaneously with the exiting by Capitol Police.’ Nor did he enter, as defense counsel represents, in the ‘third wave’ of the breach. To the contrary, he quite literally spearheaded it.”
Judge Releases Two Videos Showing that Jacob 'QAnon Shaman' Chansley 'Blatantly Lied' to 60 Minutes+ https://t.co/dtwI0FGp6A
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According to Lamberth, Chansley’s TV interview was likely just a publicity stunt. “Such media appearances are undoubtedly conducive to defense counsel’s fame. But they are not at all conducive to an argument that the only way defense counsel could privately communicate with his client is if the defendant were temporarily released,” Lamberth wrote. “Given defense counsel’s decision to use what could have been a confidential videoconference on a media publicity stunt, that argument is so frivolous as to insult the court’s intelligence.”