Jacob Chansley, the rioter seen in viral photos wearing horns and fur at the U.S. Capitol has an attorney who is speaking publicly about his involvement. Chansley seeks a pardon from Donald Trump, on the grounds that, his attorney says, he was in D.C. at Trump’s invitation to do his bidding.
In the CNN clip below, attorney Albert Watkins speaks about Chansley’s worship of Trump. “He felt like he was answering the call of the president…he was there at the invitation of our president, who was going to walk down Pennsylvania Avenue with them.”
Attorney of “QAnon Shaman” Jacob Chansley says his client “felt like he was answering the call of our president … He was there at the invitation of our president.” pic.twitter.com/JEIZNjTpSl
— The Recount (@therecount) January 15, 2021
Though the attorney explains that his client was never violent, and is a very peaceful person, the Washington Post reports that Chansley left an ominous note in Vice President Mike Pence’s desk, warning, “It’s only a matter of time, justice is coming.”
While the note doesn’t specify what ‘justice’ might mean for Pence in the eye of the invaders, video from the attack includes a crowd calling for the death of the vice president, chanting “Hang Mike Pence, hang Mike Pence.”
Trump’s role in the attack, though he did not join the crowd in marching to the Capitol, despite telling them he would be with them, has been a matter of very partisan debate, with many of his supporters insisting that the president couldn’t be held responsible, since in his speech, he did not specifically say to break windows or attempt murder, and since the implements many attackers brought with them suggest premeditation. However, as Chansley’s attorney indicates, at least some of the attackers felt they had been invited to invade as Trump tweeted and called for them to show up and “be wild.”
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