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Capitol rioters accused of aim to ‘capture and assassinate’ officials

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The Federal Bureau of investigation and Department of Justice briefed the public on investigations into rioters at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

USA TODAY

Rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol Jan. 6 intended to “capture and assassinate elected officials,” federal prosecutors said in court documents filed late Thursday.

The contention is the latest and most alarming claim from law enforcement addressing the threat posed by the mob that descended on Congress during the count of the state-certified Electoral College vote of President-elect Joe Biden’s election victory.

The recent court filing centers on Jacob Anthony Chansley, also known as “Jake Angeli” and the “QAnon Shaman,”  who led part of the riot.

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“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,” the filing stated. 

Chansley, who used a spear to fight Capitol Police during the attack, is expected in Phoenix federal court Friday for a detention hearing.

“Chansley is an active participant in — and has made himself the most prominent symbol of — a violent insurrection that attempted to overthrow the United States Government on January 6, 2021,” the document reads.

Chansley allegedly left a note on the Senate Chamber dais, where Vice President Mike Pence had been presiding, that warned: “It’s only a matter of time, justice is coming.”

“When questioned as to the meaning of that statement, Chansley went on a lengthy diatribe describing current and past United States political leaders as infiltrators, specifically naming Vice President Mike Pence, former President Barack Obama, former Senator Hillary Clinton and U.S. President-elect Joe Biden as infiltrators involved in various types of wrongdoing. Although he stated his note was not a threat, the Government strongly disagrees,” the filing reads.

Citing Chansley’s interview NBC News, prosecutors noted he’d travelled to the Capitol “at the request of the President that all ‘patriots’ come to D.C.”

Chansley was arrested by the Phoenix FBI after sitting down for an interview with prosecutors. Chansley was unaware at the time of the interview that there was a warrant for his arrest.

Prosecutors argue that Chansley must be detained due to his past criminal record and belief in harmful conspiracies like QAnon, as well as his belief that he is an alien, which may indicate “serious risks that he will flee and obstruct or attempt to obstruct justice.”

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Martha Chansley, the mother of Jake Angeli, the Arizona man arrested for his involvement in the raid on the U.S. Capitol, speaks outside of an Arizona courthouse.

Arizona Republic

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