- Iowa man Douglas Jenson was charged with involvement in the Capitol on January 6, 2021.
- In a new request for release, his lawyer claims that Jenson was fed a “package of lies” by Trump.
- Jensen’s charges include assaulting an employee and obstructing official proceedings.
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Douglas Jensen, an Iowa man who has been charged with several federal charges related to the Jan. 6 uprising, is seeking release from custody before the indictment is heard, arguing he has “fallen victim” to conspiracy theories.
A new request for release was made before Jenson’s order in DC Federal Court on Tuesday. His lawyer claims that Jensen has been “weakening”
Prosecutors say in several viral videos, Jensen can be seen in front of Capitol police officer Eugene Goodman, as well as other police officers, among one of the first waves of rebels to invade the Capitol. He is depicted on a sports T-shirt with the QAnon logo with an eagle in the center, accompanied by the group’s slogan.
In new court documents, Jensen’s lawyer, Christopher Davis, called for his client’s release on the grounds that Jenson “felt cheated by admitting that he had bought a package of nonsense” from former President Donald Trump. Davis claims that his client was only at the rally to watch and that Trump corrupted him.
According to federal prosecutors, Jensen could be seen being charged against Officer Goodman in several videos. He has been charged with five counts, including assailants, but in his request for release, Jenson’s lawyer claims that Goodman “threatened” Jenson, who was armed with a pocket knife for “protection.”
Jenson was arrested two days after his return to Des Moines, Iowa, after the uprising and moved to Washington, D.C., at the request of a judge.
Jensen is also accused of obstructing official proceedings, which have a maximum sentence of 20 years.