Federal prosecutors on Thursday introduced a new assessment of last week’s siege of the US Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump, filing in a courtroom that the rioters “intended to capture and assassinate elected officials.”
Prosecutors offered to request a judge to detain Judge Chansley, an Arizona man and law conspiracy theorist, who was famously asked to be photographed wearing horns as he appeared in the chamber of the U.S. Senate The President stood at Mike Pence’s desk.
The detention memo, written by attorneys at the Department of Justice in Arizona, explains in more detail the FBI’s investigation into Chanceley that it left a note to Pence’s warning that “it’s only a matter of time, justice is coming.”
Prosecutors wrote, “Strong evidence, including Chancelli’s own words and actions at the Capitol, supports that Capitol rioters intended to assassinate and assassinate elected officials.”
A public defender representing the chancelle could not immediately be reached for comment. Chansli is scheduled to appear in federal court on Friday.
Prosecutors and federal agents have begun to bring more serious charges tied to violence in the Capitol, including the disclosure of cases against a man, retired firefighter Robert Sanford, in an allegation as prosecutors evaluate They beat a police officer with a fire extinguisher over the head and another, Peter Stagger, beating a different officer with a pole holding an American flag.
In Chansli’s case, prosecutors said the allegations “involved active participation in an attempt to violently overthrow the United States government,” and warned that “the rebellion still continues” because law enforcement in Washington and the state capitals Is ready for more performances.
He also suggested that he suffered from drug abuse and mental illness, and told the judge that he was in danger of a serious flight.
“Chansley has spoken openly about his belief that he is an alien, a higher being, and that he is here to ascend to another reality on Earth,” he wrote.
The Justice Department has brought more than 80 criminal cases in connection with the violent riots in the US Capitol last week in which Trump’s supporters attacked the building, ransacked offices and in some cases attacked police.
Many of those charged so far were easily tracked by the FBI, which has more than 200 suspects, thanks in large part to videos and photos posted on social media.
Michael Sherwin, acting U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, has said that while many of the initial charges may seem minor, he expects far more serious charges to be filed as the Justice Department continues its investigation.
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