The man dubbed the ‘QAnon Shaman’ has been denied release from prison over his part in the Capitol riot after prosecutors said he planned to head back to DC for Joe Biden’s inauguration.
Arizona Magistrate Judge Deborah Fine denied Jacob Chansley’s release in a pretrial detention hearing Friday afternoon saying: ‘I do believe he was an active participant in a violent insurrection that attempted to overthrow the US government on January 6 2021.’
Fine said she made the decision on three concerns: that she believes Chansley is ‘a serious flight risk’, he ‘poses a risk to obstructing justice’ and is ‘a danger to the community’.
She ordered him to be sent to the charging district where he will be held pending further proceedings.
The decision came after federal prosecutors submitted a detailed court filing late Thursday saying Chansley, the 33-year-old Arizona QAnon supporter, had told federal authorities he was ‘glad’ he sat in Mike Pence’s chair on the Senate dais.
The court documents revealed that he spewed QAnon conspiracy theories and said he was ‘glad’ because he believes the Vice President ‘is a child-trafficking traitor’.
QAnon is the debunked extreme right wing conspiracy theory that claims Satan-worshipping pedophiles are plotting against Donald Trump and are running a global child sex trafficking ring.
Prosecutors say Chansley also told federal authorities he left a note warning Pence ‘it’s only a matter of time – justice is coming’ – but claimed the note was not meant to be threatening.
Chansley had also been planning to return to Washington DC for Biden’s inauguration and was plotting to carry out a similar act to the January 6 insurrection before he was arrested Saturday, according to federal prosecutors.
Federal prosecutors wrote in the court documents that Chansley, who also goes by the name Jake Angeli, planned to capture and assassinate elected officials during the violent siege that left five – including a Capitol cop – dead.
Chansley, who was kicked out of the Navy 15 years ago, had called for identifying and then ‘hanging’ ‘traitors’ in a November 2020 tweet which was included as evidence in the court filing.
Once inside the Capitol, he allegedly shouted to fellow rioters through his bullhorn that they were there to take out several congressmen.
Jacob Chansley, the man dubbed the ‘QAnon Shaman’ (seen in courtroom sketch), has been denied release from prison over his part in the Capitol riot
Arizona Magistrate Judge Deborah Fine (seen in courtroom sketch) denied Jacob Chansley’s release in a pretrial detention hearing Friday afternoon
Martha Chansley, mother of Jacob Chansley, exits the United States District Court after his appearance
US prosecutors believe supporters of President Donald Trump – including Jacob Chansley (pictured) – planned to ‘capture and assassinate elected officials’ at the Capitol building
Jacob Anthony Chansley is pictured as he occupied the Senate dais at the US Capitol last week
Chansley appeared by video for the detention hearing in Arizona District Court Thursday afternoon.
During the hearing, Chansley spoke only to answer ‘yes, your honor’ when asked if he agreed to appear by video due to the pandemic.
The judge said she believes Chansley would be a danger to the community if released and that there were no conditions the court could set to stop such danger.
She pointed to his actions in the Capitol as a sign that he will not follow the orders of the court.
‘He will take the law into his own hands and will not respect the law,’ said Fine.
‘If he is willing to do that in the Capitol building during these important events [the Electoral College certification] I have no confidence that Mr Chansley will follow any order or condition that I set.’
Chansley faces up to 25 years in prison for two felony charges and four misdemeanors – a sentence Fine said gave him a ‘strong incentive’ to flee.
She said his actions since the riot – where he spoke of his involvement to the media and called the FBI to speak of his involvement but did not hand himself in – had also shown a person who thinks he is ‘righteous’.
The judge also asked: ’When does a protest turns into a riot? When is a protest an insurrection?’
The court filing offered an ominous new assessment of last week’s siege of the US Capitol by President Donald Trump’s supporters
The court documents revealed that he spewed QAnon conspiracy theories and said he was ‘glad’ he sat in Mike Pence’s chair in the Senate because he believes he ‘is a child-trafficking traitor’
Federal prosecutors say Chansley, who also goes by the name Jake Angeli, planned to capture and assassinate elected officials during the violent siege and left a note warning the Vice President ‘it’s only a matter of time – justice is coming’
Chansley, who was kicked out of the Navy 15 years ago, had called for identifying and then ‘hanging’ ‘traitors’ in a November 2020 tweet included as evidence in the court filing (above)
Prosecutors say he boasted to FBI agents during an interview: ‘I’ll still go, you better believe it. For sure I’d want to be there, as a protester, as a protester, f**n a’
Prosecutors also point to his beliefs that he is ‘an alien, a higher being’
WHAT IS QANON?
QAnon is the debunked extreme right wing conspiracy theory that claims Satan-worshipping pedophiles are plotting against Trump and are running a global child sex trafficking ring.
Origins: QAnon started on fringe website 4chan, where a poster calling themselves Q left messages claiming to be a senior federal official and purporting to reveal a ‘deep state’ cabal intent on bringing down Donald Trump. Q grew out of the discredited Pizzagate conspiracy that top Democrats were involved in pedophilia and cannibalism from the basement of a Washington D.C. restaurant, but quickly picked up steam with ‘Q’ leaving ‘clues’ and claims that Trump was going to bring down the deep state. Whenever the conspiracies turn out to not be true, followers rationalize that the inaccuracies are part of Q’s larger plan.
Who is Q?: There may now be multiple people posing as Q on the anonymous 4chan boards
Hoover Dam: In June 2019, 32-year-old Matthew Wright, a QAnon supporter, blocked the bridge near Hoover Dam in Arizona with a homemade armored vehicle in a 90-minute stand-off. He pleaded guilty to terrorism charges and has written two letters to Donald Trump from jail, which include the sign-off, which has become the QAnon motto: “For where we go one, we go all.”
Michael Flynn: Trump’s former national security adviser became a martyr figure for QAnon believers after he took a plea deal from Special Counsel Robert Mueller, admitting he lied about his Russia contacts. QAnon conspiracy have spun Flynn pleading guilty into him being a persecuted victim of the deep state – and some even claim he is ‘Q.’
Many believers put three star emojis next to their Twitter handles. But the retired three-star general has denounced any connections to the group and pulled out of participating in an event after finding out it was hosted by a QAnon believer.
QAnon Political Candidates: Jo Rae Perkins, 64, won the Republican primary in Oregon in May to run for a Senate seat against incumbent Democratic Senator Jeff Merkley. “I stand with Q and the team,” she said when asked about her interest in the group. She insisted she goes to QAnon message boards as a “source of information” and claims media focuses too much on the group. Perkins won 49 per cent of the vote against three other Republicans.
Marjorie Taylor Greene came in first place in the Republican primary in a deep-red Georgia district, and will enter an August runoff. She has admitted to believing in several QAnon conspiracy theories.
Chansley’s attorney Gerald A Williams argued in the hearing that he should be released claiming ‘there was not one image of Mr Chansley engaging in aggressive or dangerous conduct’ from the January 6 Capitol riot.
But the prosecution responded saying that evidence and testimony from a police officer shows Chansley was ‘among the first individuals that went inside the Capitol’.
‘Capitol police said he was one of the first individuals to do so [breach the Capitol} and was at the front of the incident,’ said US attorney Michael Bailey.
Chansley was told by a police officer to ‘turn around’ and leave the Capitol but the rioter refused, he said.
The defense also said Chansley could be subject to GPS monitoring to track his whereabouts, said he had no criminal history and had ‘not even been given a parking ticket’ and claimed he was ‘known throughout the entire country’ due to his costume so couldn’t go into hiding.
The judge dismissed this saying he is only well-known in his costume and could be ‘anonymous’ when not wearing it.
She sided with the prosecution who said the two felony charges he is facing ‘are to do with not following law enforcement and therefore he will not follow the court’s rules if imposed on release’.
Prosecutors also pointed to reports made in the court filing that Chansley told FBI agents he would head to DC for the inauguration.
Bailey also said Chansley had spoken of plans to head straight to the Arizona Capitol after meeting with FBI agents and that a search of his car found his costume and a rubber mallet.
The prosecution also told the court Chansley’s beliefs in the QAnon conspiracy theory show he is ‘not connected to reality’.
‘Mr Chansley’s views from his own words and own actions show someone who is not connected to reality,’ said Bailey.
Thursday’s court filing had offered an ominous new assessment of last week’s siege of the US Capitol by President Donald Trump’s supporters.
The detention memo, written by Justice Department lawyers in Arizona, went into greater detail about the FBI’s investigation into Chansley, who was arrested by the FBI in Phoenix on Saturday.
Chansley was charged with knowingly entering a restricted building without lawful authority and with violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol Grounds.
On Thursday evening, Chansley’s lawyer said his client wants Donald Trump to pardon him because he felt he was ‘answering the call of our President.’
The 18-page filing gives further insight into the FBI probe on the day of chaos at the center of American democracy, which left elected officials holed up fearing for their lives.
‘Strong evidence, including Chansley’s own words and actions at the Capitol, supports that the intent of the Capitol rioters was to capture and assassinate elected officials in the United States government,’ prosecutors wrote.
He also advocated for the hanging of ‘traitors’ in the US government.
‘As demonstrated by his tweet below, Chansley has also previously espoused identifying and then “hanging” “traitors” within the United States government,’ prosecutors wrote in Thursday’s court filing.
Instead of using his bull horn, that he was pictured carrying in addition to his stand-out clothing, ‘Chansley ran up on the dais where Vice President Pence had been presiding just minutes before, and begin posing on the dais for other rioters to document and photograph,’ according to the court filing.
Prosecutors wrote that Chansley will head to DC on January 20 for the inauguration if he is released from custody before this date.
‘Despite the riot on January 6, Chansley has stated his intent to return to Washington for President-Elect Biden’s inauguration, and his repeated and demonstrated unwillingness to conform to societal rules suggests a pending criminal case will not stop him,’ the court documents state.
Prosecutors warn Chansley will head to DC on January 20 for the inauguration if he is released from custody before this date
‘Chansley has made himself the symbol of a radicalized insurrection movement, and has professed his intent to act in the future as he did at the Capitol on January 6.’
They say he boasted to FBI agents during an interview: ‘I’ll still go, you better believe it. For sure I’d want to be there, as a protester, as a protester, f**n a.’
The prosecutors’ assessment came as prosecutors and federal agents have begun bringing more serious charges tied to violence at the Capitol.
Retired firefighter Robert Sanford, is facing charges that he hurled a fire extinguisher at the head of one police officer. Another, Peter Stager, is accused of beating a different officer with a pole bearing an American flag.
Authorities also lay charges against a man who flew the confederate flag inside the building, a man who wore a ‘Camp Auschwitz’ sweatshirt and a US Olympic swimming gold medalist.
In Chansley’s case, prosecutors said the charges ‘involve active participation in an insurrection attempting to violently overthrow the United States government,’ and warned that ‘the insurrection is still in progress’ as law enforcement prepares for more demonstrations in Washington and state capitals.
They also suggested he suffers from drug abuse and mental illness, and told the judge he poses a serious flight risk.
A filing, submitted by Justice Department lawyers late Thursday, seeks the detention of Jacob Chansley of Arizona (pictured) the QAnon conspiracy theorist pictured in the riot dressed as a horned shaman at the desk of Vice President Mike Pence
Pictured: Vice President Mike Pence elbow bumps with a member of the National Guard as he speaks to troops outside the U.S. Capitol, Thursday, Jan. 14, as security is ramped up amid fears over more unrest leading up to Joe Biden’s inauguration on January 20
Chansley is one of the MAGA rioters who turned himself in to the FBI for his part in storming the Capitol building on January 6. Pictures of Chansley wearing a fur headdress with horns and his chest bare during the Capitol siege have become have become ubiquitous
Supporters of Q-Anon and crowds gather outside the U.S. Capitol for the ‘Stop the Steal’ rally on January 06, 2021
‘Chansley has spoken openly about his belief that he is an alien, a higher being, and he is here on Earth to ascend to another reality,’ they wrote.
He has ‘strongly-held false mystical beliefs and leadership in a dangerous extremist group, QAnon founded on an imaginary conspiracy theory’, the documents add.
The Justice Department has brought more than 80 criminal cases in connection with the violent riots at the U.S. Capitol last week, in which Trump’s supporters stormed the building, ransacked offices and in some cases, attacked police.
Many of the people charged so far were easily tracked down by the FBI, which has more than 200 suspects, thanks in large part to videos and photos posted on social media.
Michael Sherwin, the Acting U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, has said that while many of the initial charges may seem minor, he expects much more serious charges to be filed as the Justice Department continues its investigation.
Chansley subscribes to QAnon, the far-right conspiracy theory blamed for fueling a section of Trump’s supporters at the Capitol building.
Chansley – also a failed actor – has been living with his mother Martha, 56, since January 2019.
His mother, Martha, told ABC 15 that her son was a ‘patriot’ and the ‘gentlest person I know.’
According to court documents, Chansley called the FBI field office in Washington and confirmed to an agent that ‘he was the male in the face paint and headdress in the Vice President’s chair in the Senate.’
He told the agent that he and other ‘patriots’ had come from Arizona at the request of the President that all ‘patriots’ come to D.C. on January 6th, the documents state.
He was charged with knowingly entering a restricted building without lawful authority and with violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol Grounds. A view of pro-Trump supporters storming the Capitol building January 6 above
Chansley’s lawyer Albert Watkins spoke on Cuomo Prime Time Thursday evening defending his client in Arizona who was arrested Saturday for his role in the violet Capitol siege on January 6, and calling for him to be pardoned by Trump.
This week Chansley, who also goes by Jake Angeli, was indicted by a federal grand jury on six counts including violent entry and disorderly conduct in a Capitol.
‘Trump needs to stand up and own these people. He owes them – he has an obligation to them,’ Watkins said to host Chris Cuomo.
‘And do what?’ Cuomo asked.
‘Give a pardon, give a pardon,’ Watkins replied.
Albert Watkins (right), the lawyer for ‘QAnon shaman’ Jacob Chansley, said on Cuomo Prime Time Thursday night he wants President Trump to pardon his client, claiming he was ‘answering the call of our President’
‘You want him to pardon the people that broke into the Capitol and killed a policeman and was trying to get to members of Congress?’ Cuomo hit back.
‘My role is not to judge somebody. My role is to be an advocate. If there’s one iota of a chance that the guy who is the president of our country who invited everybody down Pennsylvania Avenue will give my client a pardon, you know what, I’m going to do it,’ Watkins explained.
‘Now am I holding my breath thinking Donald Trump will be sitting around going, you know what, what’s the name of the guy with the horns? Let’s give him a pardon. With Trump, you never know. He may say I want the guy with the horns,’ he added.
Watkins explained that Chansley genuinely felt he was obeying the President’s demands in raiding the Capitol.
‘He felt like his voice was for the first time being heard and what ended up happening over the course of the leadup to the election, over the course of a period from the election to January 6th, it was a driving force by a man he hung his hat on, he hitched his wagon to, he loved Trump, every word,’ he said.
‘He listened to him. He felt like he was answering the call of our President,’ he added.
Watkins explained that Chansley is considered a ‘genuine shaman,’ noting ‘he has been a long-standing professor of that faith’ and ‘couldn’t be a more gentle, soft spoken human being.’
‘He just walked in with the whole crowd that was walking in on the peaceful side of things,’ he said.
He noted that Chansley did not participate in any of the violent attacks that led to five deaths and injuries against police officres.
‘My client did not shroud his face in secrecy. He wasn’t wearing a bulletproof vest. My client was not armed. He didn’t have zip ties.
‘My client fought – was in the military, served honorably. No criminal background whatsoever. And he, like a lot of other disenfranchised people in our country felt very, very, very solidly in sync with President Trump,’ Watkins said.
Cuomo argued that regardless of whether Chansley broke in or not, he entered it when he wasn’t supposed to be walking around with a spear.
‘We all have to understand that the words that were spoken by the president meant something, not just to my client, they meant something to a lot of people,’ Watkins said.
‘They listened to those words and those words meant something to them and they had a right to rely on the words of their president that was worldwide, and they did.
‘And now they’re turning around, they’re getting arrested, as well many should be,’ he added.
Watkins said Chansley recently tested positive for COVID-19 and is being held in quarantine in a federal facility in Phoenix after surrendering to authorities Saturday.
Protests Chansley attended include one in July where he filmed himself ranting that Covid-19 is a hoax. He was also part of a rowdy crowd of Trump supporters chanting ‘Stop the Steal’ who showed up at a tabulation center in Maricopa County on November 5 (pictured)
Social media platforms have started cracking down on its followers, who believe Trump is waging a secret war on a liberal cult of Satan-worshipping pedophiles.
In a bipartisan vote, Trump was impeached Wednesday for ‘incitement of insurrection’ by egging on a huge crowd of his supporters to march on Congress.
The Trump campaign held a ‘Save America’ rally on the Ellipse outside the White House on January 6, prior to the riots, which saw the president speak for over an hour to a large crowd of MAGA supporters.
‘After this, we’re going to walk down, and I’ll be there with you. We’re going to walk down. We’re going to walk down any one you want, but I think right here.
We’re going to walk down to the Capitol, and we’re going to cheer on our brave senators, and congressmen and women,’ the president said during the event.
‘We’re probably not going to be cheering so much for some of them, because you’ll never take back our country with weakness. You have to show strength, and you have to be strong.’
The center of Washington was in lockdown early Friday as more than 20,000 armed National Guard troops were mobilized after officials warned of the threat of more violence at the presidential inauguration of Joe Biden on January 20, as well as in state capitals.
Pictured: A mural featuring a Pro-Trump Protester on January 11, 2021 in Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom. Jacob Anthony Chansley known as Jake Angeli, a QAnon believer and self-styled Shaman, was one of the many supporters of Trump who breached the Capitol
Barbed wire is installed on the top of a security fence surrounding the US Capitol in Washington, DC, January 14, 2021, ahead of next weeks presidential inauguration of Joe Biden
Revealed: Jailed ‘QAnon shaman’ was KICKED OUT of the Navy for refusing to receive an anthrax vaccine 15 years ago
The ‘QAnon shaman’ who stormed the Capitol building during last week’s riot wearing a fur hat with horns and face paint was kicked out of the Navy in 2007 for refusing to take an anthrax vaccine, it has been revealed.
Jacob Anthony Chansley, 33, is a well-known supporter of the QAnon conspiracy in his home state of Arizona, where he is a failed actor and lives with his mom.
He was charged with knowingly entering a restricted building without lawful authority and with violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol Grounds.
It has been revealed that Chansley had a short-lived career in the Navy, where he enlisted out of Arizona as a supply clerk on September 26, 2005 before he was given the boot about two years later for refusing to take a vaccine, according to Task and Purpose.
He completed recruit training and Military Occupational Specialty school and was assigned to the USS Kitty Hawk in March 2006.
He stayed there until September 29, 2007, when he was transferred to a Transient Personnel Unit in Puget Sound in Washington state.
Chansley’s mother, Martha, said that her son was a ‘patriot’ and the ‘gentlest person I know’
He was processed out of the Navy on October 11 that same year as a seaman’s apprentice, meaning he got out of the Navy as a boot E-2 after two years and 15 days of service, about 15 years before the Capitol protest.
Navy officials have declined to provide the characterization of his discharge.
The anthrax vaccine fights against a rare, but serious bacterial illness. The military was vaccinated against it because anthrax spores have been used as biological weapons.
The federal government mandated the military should be inoculated with the BioThrax anthrax vaccine and more than 8million doses of the vaccine were administered to more than 2 million US military personnel from March 1998 to June 2008.
However, the vaccine was a controversial one because it is effective against bacterium that’s acquired through the skin, but not when the bacterium is inhaled. Due to concerns about the safety of the vaccine in October 2004 a judge ruled that it was illegal for the federal government to mandate anthrax vaccinations.
According to Chansley’s military record notes he received the National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, and the Navy and Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon but no personal awards.
Chansley, who is also known as Jake Angeli, made his initial appearance in a Phoenix federal courtroom on Monday. He’s being held in a quarantine section of a detention facility.
Chansley has been living with his mother Martha, 56, (left and right) since January 2019
A public defender who was representing Chansley said that his client was on an extremely restrictive diet, possibly for religious reasons.
He explained that he had not had anything to eat since he was taken into custody.
Upon hearing the news, the judge said that it was ‘deeply concerning’ and ordered Chansley’s public defender to work with U.S. Marshals on his dietary concerns.
According to his mother, has not eaten since being detained because the detention facility won’t feed him all organic food.
‘He gets very sick if he doesn’t eat organic food – literally will get physically sick,’ his mother Martha Chansley said.
Jacob Chansley is known to have been a frequent participant in Trump rallies in Phoenix over the past few months and is known as the QAnon Shaman, often appearing in the same fur headdress, horns and tan pants with no shirt that he sported at the Capitol riot.
Chansley has previously admitted his belief in QAnon after he started after reading conspiracy theories on the internet
In November he was spotted protesting the election results outside of the Maricopa County election center in Phoenix.
In that photo, Chansley held a sign that read, ‘HOLD THE LINE PATRIOTS GOD WINS.’
One of his tattoos is said to show the symbol of Wotanism, an acronym for ‘Will of the Aryan Nation.’
The FBI identified Chansley by his distinctive tattoos, which include bricks circling his biceps in an apparent reference to Trump’s border wall.
During Monday’s hearing, Chansley addressed the judge but did not make any statements regarding the charges against him.
‘I’m not really all that worried about it because, in all honesty…I didn’t break any laws. I walked through open doors,’ he said in an interview last week.
‘I obey the orders of the president of the United States,’ he said.
Chansley faces two federal misdemeanours.
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