Federal official walks back allegation rioters intended to ‘capture and assassinate'

A justice official in charge of the investigation into the Capitol riot said there was no 'direct' evidence of that intent.

1/16/2021 1:02:00 PM

“Strong evidence” suggests that Capitol rioters intended to capture and assassinate members of Congress, a court filing in the case of one of the accused rioters says.

A justice official in charge of the investigation into the Capitol riot said there was no 'direct' evidence of that intent.

Federal official walks back allegation rioters intended to 'capture and assassinate'A justice official in charge of the investigation into the Capitol riot said there was no "direct" evidence of that intent.Jacob Chansley yells inside the Senate Chamber on Jan. 6, 2021.

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Win McNamee / Getty Images fileJan. 15, 2021, 5:01 PM UTC/Jan. 16, 2021, 1:35 AM UTCByandAdam EdelmanA U.S. Department of Justice official on Friday walked back a federal claim that Capitol rioters"intended capture and assassinate elected officials."

Washington's acting U.S. Attorney, Michael Sherwin, said in a telephone briefing,"There is no direct evidence at this point of kill-capture teams and assassination."The statement of alleged violent intent came in a motion filed by federal prosecutors in Arizona seeking to have Jacob Chansley detained pending trial. Chansley, also known as Jake Angeli, was seen wearing horns, a fur headdress and face paint during the riot. headtopics.com

The motion, filed in federal court in Phoenix, said Chansley should be detained because he wants to return to Washington for the inauguration.“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 of the United States government,” the document said.

The filing, though, did not specify what statements by Chansley indicate that intent, nor do the actual charges against him make any reference to that intent.Jan. 13, 202102:48Sherwin said the complexity of the Capitol riots cases paired with their geographic expanse, with cases filed in the District of Columbia and others elsewhere, could have contributed to the walked-back description of suspects.

"There were appearances in two districts, Texas and Arizona, and at some of those hearings, there were other prosecutors," he said."That may be a disconnect that may be adding information that's not directly related to what we have."

The filing from prosecutors in Arizona also says Chansley left a note on the Senate chamber dais, where Vice President Mike Pence had been presiding over the count of the electoral votes just a short time earlier, warning,"it's only a matter of time, justice is coming." headtopics.com

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Chansley is charged with interfering with police, interrupting the proceedings, entering the Capitol without authority, disorderly conduct, and entering restricted areas. He waspending trial.The charging document describes Chansley as an unemployed persistent drug user with mental problems.

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Just the thought of Trump being able to just walk away puts a chill down my spine. The security of our Country will be at risk along with the racial unrest he will continue. Just look at what he’s done in publics view and what he can do under cover! MsDNC no confidence vote. Reality Capitol police conspiracy

They should NEVER,EVER see the light of day again. That’s the direct opposite of the FBI’s investigation results They arrested the leader. Radical leftist caught on video confessing to the crime. Was with a CNN reporter. You should report the truth. Your readers may want to switch where they get their news from

KEEP COOL PREPARE YOU CIVIL WAR 2024 ...!!! There can only be one penalty for these anarchists I’m ashamed to be called a Republican, I ask you Republican Senators did you take the oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States of did you take the oath to protect and defend Donald Trump! You can’t have both!

More propaganda bullshit Dammmm. Throw away the book and keep them in jail forever...even better put them on the execution list. This headline is misleading, imo. “A U.S. DOJ official walked back a federal claim that Capitol rioters 'intended capture & assassinate elected officials.' Washington's acting U.S. Attorney said, 'There is no direct evidence at this point of kill-capture teams & assassination.'

You mean the very lawmakers that make wars legal ? Trump used our lack of revenge to confuse us with aggressive rhetoric. As he grew democrates took the bait and used harsher words themselves. Now that the Republicans have lost propagandists like Fox News continue to focus on the democrats falling into the trap of violent speak.

You seem certain that your intended audience is as stupid as you think they are.