The lawyer for the so-called “QAnon Shaman,” who stormed the US Capitol shirtless and wearing a horned bearskin headdress, said his client regretted being “betrayed” by former President Donald Trump and that the former president had his Clients and thousands of customers “invited” other Capitol supporters on January 6th.
Albert Watkins, Jacob Anthony Chansley’s attorney, did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment on Saturday, but instead told KSDK-TV that his client “regrets very, very much that he was not only betrayed by the president but in a position where he let this fraudster enable him to make decisions he shouldn’t have made. ”
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Watkins argued that Chansley was practically “invited” to the Capitol by Trump to protest the results of the presidential election and was spurred on by Trump’s rhetoric to take extreme measures to “stop the steal.”
“Let’s roll the tape. Let’s roll out the months of lies, misrepresentations and horrific innuendos and hyperbolic speeches by our president that are meant to ignite, anger, motivate,” Watkins told the news agency.
“What is really strange is the fact that our president has publicly invited these people as president to go to the Capitol with him,” he added.
In the hours leading up to the January 6th attack on the Capitol, in which five people – including a Capitol police officer – were killed, Trump held a “Stop the Steal” rally and encouraged his supporters to vote for the “stolen elections.” to fight”. “”
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Shortly thereafter, insurgents stormed the Capitol and disrupted a joint congressional session to confirm the election results for today’s President Biden.
Following the violent incident, the FBI launched a massive investigation to bring together those who participated in the siege.
Chansley is in an Arizona prison awaiting charges of disorderly behavior, violent entry and illegal detention on the Capitol grounds in Washington, DC, according to authorities.
Watkins had previously promised with former President Trump to apologize to Chansley before he resigned.
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Despite issuing dozens of pardons on his political allies and even rapper Lil Wayne, Trump did not apologize for anyone who stormed the Capitol earlier this month.
Watkins said he and Chansley would not “hold their breath” to apologize, thinking Trump would give one in recognition of the loyalty of his supporters.
“The request was extremely valuable in that it gave Trump the opportunity to do what his supporters deemed” honorable “,” Watkins said.
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“It would be appropriate and honorable for the President to apologize to Mr. Chansley and other like-minded, peaceful individuals who have accepted the President’s invitation with honorable intentions,” he added.
Chansley’s mother, Marth Chansley, told Fox News that she currently has “no comment”.