Capitol storm star ready to testify against Trump in impeachment case
Donald Trump's second impeachment trial has a witness: the most famous protester, a horned Viking involved in storming the Capitol, Jacob Chansley. He said he felt that he was "betrayed" by the former commander-in-chief. The edition told in more detail Yahoo! News.
Chansley, who is called a shaman in some circles, made it clear through his lawyer that he is ready to testify at the second Trump impeachment trial.
Albert Watkins, representing Chansley, said his client was "terribly impressed" by Trump's actions but feels that the president allowed him and others to storm the Capitol before leaving office on January 20.
On January 29, Chansley was charged in a Washington, DC courtroom: civil unrest, obstruction of the official process, hooliganism, demonstrations in the Capitol building, and more. If found guilty, he faces decades in prison.
“My client has heard the often repeated words of President Trump,” Watkins said weeks after the storming. - The president's words must mean something. Given the peacefulness and pliability with which Chansley behaved, it would be appropriate and honorable if the President pardoned him and other like-minded, peace-loving people who responded to President Trump's call with noble intentions. "
His client also made headlines for trying to go on a hunger strike while in federal custody, as he demanded to be fed organic food. The judge granted the request.
Several people arrested in the aftermath of the riots that killed five people have stated bluntly that they were following President Trump's orders.
Jenna Ryan, a Texas real estate agent who flew to DC on a private jet, said she “followed the president. I followed what we were encouraged to do. He asked us to fly there. He asked us to be there. "
The defendant is willing to debate "whether the words of former President Trump were understood by Mr. Chansley as nothing more than an invitation to go to the Capitol with the President to fight with all his might," writes HuffPost.
Watkins said he has not yet spoken to any member of the Senate since he announced his proposal.
Judicial Trump's Senate Impeachment Trial Set To Start Feb.8... Testimony from someone like Chansley, who believes he was following orders, could be critical in determining whether Trump is guilty under the incitement to rebellion impeachment clause.
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According to the court records, Chansley told investigators that he arrived at the Capitol "at the request of the president that all" patriots "arrive in DC on January 6th."
A staunch Trump supporter, Senator Lindsay Graham, is vehemently opposed to the idea. “I can’t think of a better way to turn the impeachment trial ahead of us into a complete circus than to call a shaman as a witness in any case,” he wrote.
But Watkins believes Chansley's testimony is crucial. “If the impeachment article in question is justified, the voice of Chansley and the voices of others in a similar position should be heard,” Watkins said.
“Let's play through months of lies, distortions, horrific innuendo and hyperbolic speeches from our president designed to inflame, anger and motivate people,” Watkins added. "What's really curious is that our president has officially invited these people to go to the Capitol."
Chansley has long been a regular at Trump rallies.
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