“Mr. Chansley and many others who have been in a similar position are now being forced to reconcile a betrayal by a man whose back they have had for years,” Watkins’ statement reads. “In return, they are forced to be introspective and evaluate how they got to where they are, what role their former leader plays in this tragic course, and what weaknesses they share. “
On his last day in office, Trump pardoned 73 people and commuted the sentences of 70 other convicted offenders.
The hundreds suspected in the Capitol uprising that killed five people were not among them.
Chansley had previously expressed hope for an apology in Trump’s final days as president.
“He loved Trump, every word. He listened to him. It felt like he was answering our president’s call, “Watkins said while appearing on CNN last week. “My client was not violent. He didn’t cross any police lines. He didn’t attack anyone. “
Numerous photos from the riot scene show Chansley with a bare torso and adorned face and furs while he sings and waves a spear with an American flag.
A picture shows him at the podium where Vice President Mike Pence had stood just minutes earlier as the confirmation of the victory of Joe Biden’s electoral college began.
There Chansley wrote a note on a pile of papers the lawmakers had left behind while fleeing the mob that read, “It’s only a matter of time before justice comes,” prosecutors said.
A video of Chansley who wrote the message has also surfaced.
However, Chansley informed the FBI that the note was not intended as a threat and called Pence a “traitor to the child trafficking”.
Trump granted 237 acts of grace, including 143 pardons and 94 commutations, during his four-year term, according to the Pew Research Center. Only two other presidents since 1900 – George W. and George HW Bush – granted fewer acts of grace than Trump.