PHOENIX (AP) – A man from Arizona who took part in the U.S. Capitol uprising on Jan. 6 while playing sports without face painting, a shirt and a furry furry cap now says he regrets storming the building, apologizing for fear in others provoked and expressed his disappointment. He was with President Donald Trump.
Jacob Chansley said in a statement issued late on Monday through his lawyer that he had reassessed his life since he had been jailed for more than a month for charges of rioting and now realizes he should not have entered the Capitol building. Chansley, who previously said Trump inspired his stay in Washington on Jan. 6, said Trump “let down a lot of peaceful people”.
Chansley said he reconciled with the events before the riots and asked people to “be patient with me and other peaceful people, like me, I have a very hard time working together on everything that has happened to us, around us, and through us. We are good people who care deeply about our country. “
Chansley’s attorney, Al Watkins, made the statement about half a day before Trump’s indictment should have begun in the U.S. Senate.
Watkins, who unsuccessfully sought pardon from Trump on behalf of Chansley, said the Senate had not accepted his offer for his client to testify about how the former president had incited him.
According to the defense attorney, the defendant’s apology was not an end in itself, but a real expression of guilt. Nevertheless, he said he did not consider it right for the government to persecute the incited people.
“If you think the government is right to punish the (former) president, then, at the same time, you can’t criminalize the instigators because the incited people become victims,” Watkins said in an interview.
No one picked up the phone at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the District of Columbia when the Associated Press called Chansley’s apology on Tuesday.
Chansley was one of hundreds of pro-Trump support groups who indicted former outnumbered police officers and stormed the Capitol when Congress voted to justify Joe Biden’s election victory.
Authorities said Chansley was among the first people in the Capitol building to disobey an officer’s order to leave, rejected the officer’s request to use Chansley’s bullhorn to allow the riots to reject the Senate Chamber, and wrote a note to then-Vice President Mike Pence, saying: it said, “It’s only a matter of time before the truth comes.”
Prosecutors said there was a spear weapon on top of the flagpole carried by Chansley, although his lawyer described the spear as an ornament.
Since his incarceration, Chansley has had two cases where he did not eat because the detained facilities where he was held did not serve organic food.
She lost 20 pounds (9 pounds) during the last hunger episode. Chansley, who calls himself a “QAnon Shaman,” said he followed such a diet for eight years while practicing shamanism.
Last week, a judge ordered correctional officers to provide Chansley with organic food. He was later sent to a prison in Virginia after the District Justice Department of the District of Columbia said it could not comply with a court order to feed organic food.
He did not plead guilty to the misconduct of civil disorder and obstruction of official proceedings, as well as to four other offenses.