Judge brands QAnon Shaman ‘a liar’ after video shows him walking through a door into the Capitol and NOT being waved through by police as he had claimed in 60 Minutes interview
- The notorious ‘QAnon Shaman’ had claimed during a jailhouse interview that Capitol police left the door open for the mob to enter
- Federal judge has now accused Chansley of ‘blatantly lying’ during the interview about his easy entrance inside the building
- The court has released two videos which debunks Chansley’s claims
- Footage depicts chaos with MAGA supporters smashing through the building’s windows; Chansley can be seen calmly walking in through an open door
- In the first video Chansley is seen standing on scaffolding and holding an American flag above a group of rioters
- In the second video the crowd can be seen smashing through Capitol doors
- No law enforcement officers appear during the videos which contradicting Chansley’s claim
A federal judge has said that the QAnon Shaman, Jacob Chansley, ‘blatantly lied’ to the him after he claimed police waved the pro-Trump mob through open doors at the Capitol.
Chansley had made the claims during an interview on CBS 60 Minutes a few weeks ago but Judge Royce Lamberth has now released evidence contained in two videos debunking his claims.
In one of the videos, Chansley can be seen shirtless, wearing horns and face paint while holding an American flag atop scaffolding while rioters clashed with police officers beneath him.
In the first video Chansley is seen standing on scaffolding and holding an American flag above a group of rioters
In a scathing 32-page opinion on 8 March, Judge Lamberth explains in detail how the newly-released videos show rioters breaking through windows while Chansley can be seen walking through a doorway.
Someone can be heard yelling, ‘This is our house!’
Chansley can be easily identified thanks to his horn-baring headgear.
‘Not only is defendant unable to offer evidence substantiating his claim that he was waved into the Capitol, but evidence submitted by the government proves this claim false,’ Lamberth stated.
‘The government’s video shows that defendant blatantly lied during his interview with 60 Minutes+ when he said that police officers waved him into the building,’ Lamberth wrote.
In the second video the crowd can be seen smashing through Capitol doors
The judge also made clear that he was not impressed Chansley took part in a CBS 60 Minutes interview without ‘proper authorization’, pictured above
‘Further, this video confirms that defendant did not, as defence counsel claims, enter the building’ contemporaneously with the exiting by Capitol Police.’ […] Nor did he enter, as defence counsel represents, in the ‘third wave’ of the breach. To the contrary, he quite literally spearheaded it.’
Last month, Chansley spoke with 60 Minutes and claimed former President Trump’s refusal to pardon him had ‘wounded’ him.
‘My actions were not an attack on this country. I sang a song,’ Chansley said. ‘That’s a part of Shamanism, it was about creating positive vibrations in a sacred chamber [the Senate]’.
Chansley admitted he regretted breaking into the Capitol.
Judge Lamberth said the 60 Minutes appearance was evidence he did not understand the severity of his actions and his ‘detachment from reality’.
Chansley became one of the most recognizable faces of the Capitol riot
Jake Chansley is pictured alongside fellow demonstrators who breached security and entered the Capitol as Congress debated the 2020 presidential election Electoral Vote Certification
Chansley’s lawyer, Albert Watkins, was also rebuked for pushing his client’s press campaign.
Chansley is currently in a Virginia prison, awaiting next steps in his legal case
‘Such media appearances are undoubtedly conducive to defence counsel’s fame. But they are not at all conducive to an argument that the only way defence counsel could privately communicate with his client is if the defendant were temporarily released,’ Judge Lamberth wrote.
‘Given defence counsel’s decision to use what could have been a confidential videoconference on a media publicity stunt, that argument is so frivolous as to insult the court’s intelligence.’
Chansley became one of the most recognizable faces of the Capitol riot.
He has been charged with violently entering the Capitol, among other felony charges and has been in jail since in arrest on January 9.
In February, a judge ordered Chansley be moved to a jail in Virginia that serves organic food after he claimed that nonorganic food was against his religion.
‘Well, I sang a song. That’s a part of shamanism. It’s about creating positive vibrations in a sacred chamber,’ Chansley said in the 60 Minutes interview
Chansley had previously been arguing for his release on medical and religious grounds