QAnon shaman Jacob Chansley pleads responsible in Trump Capitol riot
A protester yells “freedom” in the Senate Chamber after the US Capitol was breached by a mob during a joint session of Congress on January 6, 2021 in Washington, DC.
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The “QAnon shaman” Jacob Chansley – whose bizarre costume made him one of the most notorious members of a mob of Trump supporters that raided the US Capitol on January 6 – will plead guilty to his criminal case, a new court record revealed .
Chansley gained widespread attention during the riot after being caught in photos and videos as he walked shirtless, heavily tattooed, wielding a spear, and wearing face-paint, along with a fur hat with horns through the Capitol complex.
Chansley, who subscribes to the false QAnon conspiracy theory, is currently facing six counts including obstruction of an official process, rioting, entering a restricted building, and forcibly entering the Capitol.
However, it is not clear which charges or charges the Arizona man, who is being detained, agreed to appear in the US District Court in Washington, DC on Friday
A notice in the court’s file on Thursday indicated that a “settlement hearing” would be held on Friday morning.
Chanlsey’s attorney Albert Watkins said he would hold a press conference after hearing his client.
“It’s been a long and tortured road from January 6th to today,” Watkins wrote in an email to CNBC.
Chansley is one of the most famous of nearly 600 defendants in Capitol Riots cases, which began after then-President Donald Trump rally urged supporters to march to Congress and endorse the election of Joe Biden as Oppose president.
Reuters reported on July 23 that Chansley, also known as Jacob Angeli, was in negotiations with prosecutors after prison psychologists diagnosed him with mental illnesses including transient schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression and anxiety.
Watkins told Reuters at the time that the diagnosis was similar to the evaluations made in Chansley’s 2006 Mental Health Records with the US Navy.
The lawyer said Chansley’s expressed delusions include “the belief that he was actually directly related to Jesus and Buddha.”
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Prosecutors said Chansley ran into the Senate Chamber and up to the dais during the uprising, where then Vice-President Mike Pence had chaired the process minutes earlier to confirm Biden’s victory at the White House.
“Chansley left a note on the podium in the Senate Chamber.
When the FBI questioned Chansley about the meaning of his words, he made “a lengthy hate speech describing current and former United States political leaders as intruders, particularly Vice President Mike Pence,” prosecutors wrote.