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QAnon Shaman Wants Out of Jail; Says the Government Lied About His Flagpole and Finial
Defense attorney Albert Watkins enlisted the alleged words of American master Mark Twain The post QAnon Shaman Wants Out of Jail; Says the Government Lied About His Flagpole and Finial first appeared on Law & Crime.Jacob Chansley, the pro-Trump Jan. 6 rioter dubbed the “QAnon Shaman,” wants out of jail. In service of that effort, defense attorney Albert Watkins enlisted the words of American master Mark Twain. Or, at least, a phrase commonly attributed to née Samuel Clemens.
The man known as the "QAnon Shaman," who was seen shirtless and wearing bull horns in the U.S. Capitol during the deadly rioting on Jan. 6, said in his first interview since being jailed that he was "wounded" that former President Trump did not offer to help him.
In the interview, "60 Minutes+" reporter Laurie Segall asked Jacob Chansley if he regretted his loyalty to Trump.
"I developed a lot of sympathy for Donald Trump because it seemed like the media was picking on him and seemed like the establishment was going after him unnecessarily or unfairly, and I had been a victim of that all of my life, whether it be in school or at home. So in many ways I identify with a lot of the negative things that he was going through," Chansley said.
'QAnon Shaman' Jake Angelli Accused Trump of 'Grooming' Americans to Accept Conspiracies
In a court filing seeking his pretrial release, the "QAnon Shaman" said that Trump "honed and routinely utilized his mass communication means to effectively groom millions of Americans with respect to his policies, protocols, beliefs and overwhelming fixation on all matters conspiratorial."Chansley, also known by his stage name Jake Angelli, argued that he was one of millions tricked by the former president in a motion seeking to secure his pretrial release on Tuesday. Chansley is facing a potentially lengthy prison sentence for his alleged role in the deadly January 6 breach of the U.S. Capitol.
"I honestly believed and still believe that he cares about the Constitution, that he cares about the American people, and that's also why and you know it wounded me so deeply and why it disappointed me so greatly that I and others did not get a pardon," Chansley added.
The "QAnon Shaman" of the January 6th attack on the Capitol tells his story for the first time from jail, as he faces up to 20 years behind bars.
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Shortly before his term ended, Trump issued several pardons to his supporters such as former White House strategist Stephen Bannon, though he did not issue any to the alleged Capitol rioters.
'QAnon Shaman' Jake Angeli Turned on Trump But Feds Say Remorse Is 'No Match' for Evidence
"Statements of guilt and remorse after the defendant's subsequent incarceration are no match for the evidence," federal prosecutors wrote in response to a motion to release the so-called "QAnon Shaman" before his trial.Chansley, also known as Jake Angeli, has repeatedly claimed that he was misled by former President Donald Trump prior to taking part in the storming of the Capitol. The ex-Trump supporter became instantly recognizable after viral photos showed him shirtless inside the Capitol while wearing a furry horned hat and patriotic face paint.
Though he remains loyal to Trump, Chansley said he regrets entering the Capitol "with every fiber of my being."
Chansley, also known as Jake Angeli, also shot back at assertions that his actions were an attack on the U.S., saying that characterization was "inaccurate entirely."
"My actions on Jan. 6. How would I describe them? Well, I sang a song," Chansley said. "I also stopped people from stealing and vandalizing that sacred space. OK, I actually stopped somebody from stealing muffins out of the break room."
"I consider myself a lover of my country. I consider myself a believer in the Constitution. I consider myself a believer in truth and our founding principles. I consider myself a believer in God," he added.
Prosecutors allege that Chansley wielded a weapon, a spear attached to a flagpole, while inside the Capitol and left a threatening note for former Vice President Mike Pence.
Chansley was arrested less than a week after the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol breach. He has been charged with knowingly entering a restricted building without lawful authority and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds. Chansley reportedly stopped eating after being put in prison, refusing to eat any food that wasn't organic.
A U.S. district judge granted Chansley's request after his attorney claimed he had gone nine days without eating.
Prosecutors this weekfrom jail before his trial, writing in a court filing that he was a danger to the community.
"He cannot be trusted now to suddenly change course," prosecutors wrote.
QAnon Shaman denied pre-trial release on account of 60 Minutes ‘publicity stunt’ .
“Such media appearances are undoubtedly conducive to defense counsel’s fame," a judge ruled.Self-described “QAnon Shaman” Jacon Chansley’s “60 Minutes+” interview has cost him his freedom.