Jacob Anthony Chansley, 33, is in federal custody in Washington DC
The lawyer for the so-called ‘QAnon Shaman’ has produced new video evidence that he says shows his client that a rioter steals a muffin from the Capitol on January 6.
Jacob Anthony Chansley, 33, is being held in federal custody in Washington DC, and on Wednesday his attorney Al Watkins filed a motion to release him pending trial.
The motion includes a link to a YouTube video titled ‘Jake Stops Muffin Stealing’, which appears to show Chansley dressed in his signature fur and horned hat and shouting ‘Hey, hey hey!’ at a rioters entering a break room in the Capitol.
The court documents describe the video showing Chansley “ thwarting a crime (theft) by yelling at another person in the Capitol who was trying to steal a ‘muffin’ from a break room in the Capitol. ”
“ It shows and reinforces my client’s longstanding status as a peaceful, non-violent person who tried to thwart a theft and supports the need for those in the Capitol to respect law enforcement, ” Watkins said of the new video in a statement to DailyMail.com.
Chansley’s attorney has released a new video showing him thwarting a ‘muffin theft’. Above, Chansley can be seen in his signature robe in the United States Senate chamber on Jan. 6
The video appears to show Chansley (left) berating the potential muffin thief (right)
Chansley, who was arrested in January at his home in Phoenix, Arizona, is charged six times in the case and can be sentenced to 28 years.
He and his bulldog attorney Watkins have previously referred to the muffin theft intervention in interviews, but the new video is the first video of the incident to come out publicly.
‘I also prevented people from stealing and destroying that sacred space, the Senate. Okay? I actually stopped someone from stealing muffins from the break room, ”Chansley recalled 60 minutes from behind bars in March.
And I also said a prayer in that holy room. Because my intention was to bring divinity and bring God back to the Senate. ‘
The latest motion by Chansley’s defense team also reveals that his spiritual aspirations emerged at a young age.
Attached to the motion is an essay that Chansley wrote in high school stating that his career choice was to be “a Christ, a Buddha, or a Mohammed, whatever you call it.”
‘I chose this career because I know that my soul’s purpose is to get out of the illusion and to help others get out of the illusion,’ he wrote in the 2005 essay, clarifying that he is with illusion ‘ the physical world. ‘
Attached to the defense is an essay that Chansley wrote in high school stating that his career choice was to be “a Christ, a Buddha, or a Mohammed.”
The essay then describes the day-to-day responsibilities of the ‘master’ (‘nothing’) and the possibilities for advancement and advancement (‘endless’).
He apparently acknowledged in the essay that as a spiritual “master” he would face ridicule and hatred from others, but insisted that this was no disadvantage.
For example, I have many who have a strong hatred for me or hate me for very silly reasons or which doesn’t seem to be a reason at all. But I don’t answer their hatred; in fact, I love these people and openly express my love for them, ”he wrote.
The teacher noted ‘Interesting’ on the essay and gave Chansley a score of 64.
Watkins presented the essay to the court, saying in his motion that it “proves the defendant’s long-standing loving and caring nature for all, even those who hate him.”
Watkins was vocal in his public defense of his client, claiming that Chansley’s ‘vulnerable’ mind had been poisoned by Donald Trump’s tweets and ‘incessant chatter’ that Joe Biden stole the 2020 election results from him.
The attorney has been embroiled in controversy after describing those attending the siege as ‘people with brain damage’ earlier this month.
Chansley’s bulldog attorney Albert Watkins has described those who attended the Capitol siege as ‘people with brain damage’
Watkins had previously noted that his client, who is still on charges of civil disorder and five other cases, has Asperger’s syndrome.
In an explicitly charged interview with Talking Points Memo, which was released earlier this month, Watkins said, “ A lot of these defendants – and I’m going to use this colloquial term, maybe disrespectful – but they’re all fucking short bus people.
‘These are people with brain damage, they’re fucking retarded, they’re on the fucking spectrum. F ** k, they were subjected to more than four years of divine propaganda like the world has not seen since Hitler f *** ing, ‘he added.
At a previous hearing, Chansley was denied release, with prosecutors claiming he poses a flight and community hazard.
The new motion that Watkins filed on Wednesday aims to reopen the detention hearing and obtain his freedom pending trial.
On Thursday, Judge Royce C. Lamberth ordered prosecutors to respond to the new motion by June 4.