The lawyer of the so-called QAnon Shaman, who stormed the U.S. Capitol shirtless and wearing a horned sword head, said his client regretted being “cheated” by former President Donald Trump and that the former president had “invited” his client and other Capitol supporters. on January 6th.
Albert Watkins, Jacob’s lawyer Anthony Chansley, did not immediately respond to Fox News’s request for comment on Saturday, but told KSDK-TV that his client “is very sorry that he was not just deceived by the president, but was in a position where it allows this duplication to put him in a position to make decisions he should not have made. ”
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Watkins argued that Chansley was practically “invited” by Trump to the Capitol to protest the results of the presidential election and prompted Trump’s rhetoric to take extreme action to “stop the theft.”
“Let’s release the tape. Let’s release the months of lies, distortions and horrific hints and hyperbolic speech from our president, designed to inflame, anger, motivate,” Watkins told the newsletter.
“What is really curious is the reality that our president, as a matter of public domain, invited these people, as president, to go with him to the Capitol,” he added.
In the hours leading up to the January 6 attack on the Capitol, which killed five people – including a Capitol police officer, Trump held a “Stop Theft” rally, encouraging his supporters to “fight” for the “stolen election.” ”
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Shortly afterwards, rebels stormed the Capitol building and adjourned a joint session of Congress to verify the election results for incumbent President Biden.
Following the violent incident, the FBI launched a mass investigation to gather the participants in the siege.
Chansley has been detained in an Arizona jail pending charges of hooliganism, forced entry and illegal residence in restricted areas of the Capitol in Washington, according to authorities.
Watkins has previously pledged to former President Trump to pardon Chansley before leaving office.
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Although he has issued dozens of pardons to his political allies and even to rapper Lil Wayne, Trump has not pardoned anyone who stormed the Capitol earlier this month.
Watkins said he and Chansley were not “holding their breath” for clemency, but said Trump would give it in recognition of the loyalty of his supporters.
“The request was extremely valuable because it allowed Trump to do what his followers believed would be an ‘honest’ thing,” Watkins said.
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“It would be appropriate and honorable for the president to pardon Mr Chansley and other like-minded civilians who have accepted the president’s invitation with honorable intentions,” he added.
Chansley’s mother, Mart Chansley, told Fox News that there was “no comment” at the moment.