Washington | US prosecutors believe supporters of President Donald Trump were seeking to “capture and assassinate elected officials” during the assault on the Capitol in Washington last week, according to court documents.
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A case filed by the Department of Justice in court calls for the continued detention of Jacob Chansley, this conspiratorial QAnon pictured shirtless in a horned shaman’s outfit during the riot in Vice President Mike Pence’s office.
“Strong evidence, including Chansley’s own words and actions on Capitol Hill, shows that the intent of the rioters on Capitol Hill was to capture and assassinate elected officials of the United States government,” prosecutors write of the assault on 6 January.
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They said Mr Chansley, 33, left a note for Mr Pence’s attention on the Senate dais where the Deputy Speaker had stood a few minutes earlier, on which was written: ‘This is no ‘is that a matter of time, justice arrives ”.
During the day of chaos in the heart of American democracy, elected officials had to go into hiding because they feared for their lives and at least five people, including a police officer, were killed.
Authorities have prosecuted rioters, including a man who waved the Confederate flag in the Capitol, another man who wore a “Camp Auschwitz” sweatshirt and an Olympic swimming champion.
Mr Chansley is scheduled to appear in court on Friday.
According to the prosecution, he is a regular drug user and probably has mental problems.
“Chansley has spoken openly about his belief that he is an alien, a higher entity, and that he is here on Earth to ascend to another reality,” the record reads.
Prosecutors demand that he be kept in detention because of “high risk of absconding and the danger he poses to the community”.
Mr. Chansley is a supporter of QAnon, that far-right conspiratorial movement that saw the Capitol intrusion as a triumph.
Social networks have started to attack his followers, according to whom Donald Trump is waging a secret war against a sect of leftist pedophile satanists.
Mr. Trump was indicted on Wednesday for “incitement to insurgency” for encouraging his supporters to march on Congress.
More than 20,000 National Guard troops were mobilized in Washington, whose center was locked down early Friday, over fears of further violence during the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden on January 20.