Pro-Trump supporters who stormed the US Capitol building arrested and charged
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Among them is Jacob Anthony Chansley, who goes by the name of Jake Angeli and is prominent in the conspiracy-promoting QAnon movement.
Chansley, who calls himself the QAnon Shaman, stood out in the video footage of the riots after allegedly dressing up wearing a bison headdress.
“It is alleged that Chansley was identified as the man seen in media coverage who entered the Capitol building dressed in horns, a bearskin headdress, red, white and blue face paint, shirtless, and tan pants,” the federal attorney for Washington DC said in a statement on January 9.
“This individual carried a spear, approximately 6 feet in length, with an American flag tied just below the blade”.
The statement also said police had arrested a man after being allegedly photographed removing the Speaker’s lectern from the Capitol building.
Adam Johnson, 36, from Florida, was charged with entering restricted federal property and theft of government property.
“A search of open sources led law enforcement to Johnson, who is allegedly seen in a widely circulated photo inside the Capitol carrying the lectern,” said the Washington DC federal attorney.
Another of those detained is Richard Barnett from Arkansas, the man seen posing for photos in Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office.
Justice Department officials said one of a number of offences he’s been charged with is theft of public property.
President Donald Trump is facing impeachment for a second time after Democrats and some Republicans accused him of inciting supporters to storm the Capitol.
QAnon is a disproven and discredited far-right conspiracy theory alleging that a cabal of Satan-worshipping cannibalistic pedophiles is running a global child sex-trafficking ring and plotting against U.S. president Donald Trump, who is fighting the cabal. QAnon also commonly asserts that Trump is planning a day of reckoning known as the “Storm”, when thousands of members of the cabal will be arrested. No part of the conspiracy claim is based on facts. QAnon supporters have accused many liberal Hollywood actors, Democratic politicians, and high-ranking government officials of being members of the cabal. They have also claimed that Trump feigned conspiracy with Russians to enlist Robert Mueller to join him in exposing the sex trafficking ring and preventing a coup d’état by Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and George Soros.
Source: Asia Plus