The infamous “QAnon Shaman” made several startling statements during his prison interview with CBS News earlier this month – including that his actions during the Capitol Riots were not an attack on the United States because the authorities left the door open to the MAGA crowd.
“I haven’t broken any windows,” said Jacob Chansley during the interview with 60 minutes and more aired on March 4. “I haven’t broken any doors. I did not go through any police barricade. I was peaceful. I was courteous. I was calm.
But a federal judge, who last week ordered Chansley to remain behind bars pending trial, insists the accused rioter “blatantly lied” during the interview about his easy entry at the Capitol. And he has the receipts to prove it.
On Tuesday, the court released two videos to debunk Chansley’s claim, showing chaos outside the Capitol on January 6 as thousands of MAGA supporters smashed the building’s windows. In the first video, first obtained by Law & Crime, Chansley is seen standing on scaffolding and holding an American flag above a sea of rioters held back by law enforcement.
The second video shows a similar crowd right outside the doors of the Capitol, and people shouting “this is our country” as a man wearing an American flag cowboy hat smashes a window and climbs through. Dozens of rioters are then seen entering through the window, while Chansley and several others storm a door beside the window. We didn’t know how the door was opened.
“This is our home,” someone hears shouting behind Chansley, who is seen walking calmly down a hallway in the capital. There didn’t appear to be any law enforcement officers near the sunken door and window, which contradicts Chansley’s claim.
“Not only [Chansley] unable to provide any evidence to support his claim that he was taken to the Capitol, but evidence submitted by the government proves that claim to be false. Video presented by the government captures rioters breaking through the windows of the Capitol building, ”Judge Royce Lamberth said in a March 8 motion returning Chansey to custody.
“At the same time as the rioters smash the glass and crawl through the windows, the video unfolds to show a large group of rioters walking through an adjacent door into the Capitol building. Included in this group is [Chansley], which is easily identifiable by its horned headdress.
Chansley, 33, from Phoenix, Ariz., Was sadly pictured carrying a spear and megaphone and wearing a coyote skin and buffalo horn headdress during the siege. One of the first people to walk on Capitol Hill and storm the Senate Chamber, he admitted to leaving a chilling note for former Vice President Mike Pence that said “justice is coming”. He was arrested on January 9 and charged with civil unrest, obstructing formal proceedings, disorderly conduct in a small building and demonstrating in a Capitol building.
Defense attorney Al Watkins has repeatedly insisted that his client was a “non-violent” person who only entered the Capitol after the doors were kept open – “by a policeman who declared in effect, if not verbatim, ‘the building is yours’. ” Even her mother, Martha Chansley, insisted in the 60 minutes and more interview that he did nothing wrong, saying his son “just walked through open doors.”
“He was escorted to the Senate. So, I don’t know what’s wrong with that, ”she said. “I know he’s sorry but again it all comes down to the fact that he went through open doors.
But prosecutors say he was a key participant in the riots and the “self-proclaimed leader” of QAnon, a violent conspiracy theory that believes Democratic Party pedophiles and cannibals will be arrested and executed. Lamberth sided with prosecutors on March 8, saying the image presented by Chansley, his defense attorney and mother during the CBS interview was not only inaccurate, but his actions on January 6 show a contempt for authority and a lack of remorse.
“The government video shows that [Chansley] He blatantly lied during his interview with 60 Minutes + when he said police waved him into the building, ”Lamberth added, noting that the video confirms Chansley“ literally led ” the breach in the Capitol.
Watkins, however, is wary of the videos, telling the Daily Beast on Tuesday that there is “concern that the videos were only produced for viewing after the hearing.”
He said he was “concerned about the representations made about what the videos allegedly portrayed” and therefore appealed to members of the public to “provide any video footage depicting the shaman in or around the Capitol on the 6th. January 2021 ”.
“Further review of the video footage (including the The New Yorker video specifically cited by the government) has resulted in the identification of many ambiguities, irregularities, inconsistencies, timing issues and concerns regarding the government’s claims regarding Mr Chansley’s actions based on government video footage, ”he said. Watkins said in the public plea, which included an email address for the public to send images.
“As part of an ongoing forensic assessment of the video footage in relation to Mr. Chansley, a dedicated email address has been established for the transmission of any video footage depicting Mr. Chansley on January 6, 2021. We hope that the video footage that is provided will help both Mr. Chansley and the government to garner a greater appreciation for the peaceful and non-violent nature of the shaman and what actually happened on January 6, ”he said. he adds.
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