Former lawyer for 'QAnon Shaman' says Jan. 6 footage wasn't shown to cl
From Johnny@21:1/5 to All on Thu Mar 9 08:30:41 2023
By Joseph A. Wulfsohn
Published March 9, 2023
The ex-lawyer for Jacob Chansley, the Navy veteran known widely in the
media as the "QAnon Shaman" for his outlandish look during the Capitol
riot on Jan. 6, told Fox News' Tucker Carlson he had not seen the newly-released footage that could have aided his client against federal charges.
Chansley, who famously went shirtless and donned face paint and a
horned hat while carrying an American flag on the day Congress
certified President Biden's election victory, was portrayed as the
leader of pro-Trump rioters who violently attacked Capitol Police
officers and defaced the Capitol Building. However, the over 40,000
hours of Capitol footage exclusively obtained by "Tucker Carlson
Tonight" show him being escorted around by Capitol Police without
At one point, at least nine police officers were seen in close
proximity to Chansley, and none of them slowed him down.
Chansley was later arrested and federally charged for "knowingly
entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without
lawful authority, and with violent entry and disorderly conduct on
Capitol grounds." He was sentenced to nearly four years in prison.
Albert Watkins, the former attorney for Chansley, told Tucker Carlson
on Wednesday that he had not seen the Jan. 6 footage first shared
Monday on "Tucker Carlson Tonight" while serving his client.
Watkins said the footage proves Chansley did not have all the evidence
to decide whether he should go to trial or take a plea. (He ultimately
took a plea.}
"This is a man who had tremendous intelligence, [is] very gentle, very,
very articulate who was diagnosed 15 years earlier by the government
with a mental health issue- and the government knew that," Watkins told Carlson. "The government knew through three hearings when we begged and
pleaded to get this man out of solitary confinement, literally falling
into an abyss, mentally."
"And through each of those three hearings that government assistant
U.S. attorney knew the most important aspect of that hearing was that
Jake was not violent. The government knew," he continued. "They knew
that Jake had walked around with all of these police officers. They had
that video footage I didn't get. It wasn't disclosed to me. It wasn't
provided to me."