A U.S. Department of Justice official is backtracking on his claims that Capitol Hill rioters wanted to “capture and assassinate elected officials.”
“There is no direct evidence at this point of kill-capture teams and assassination,” Michael Sherwin, Washington’s acting U.S Attorney, said.
Federal prosecutors in Arizona filed a motion to have Jacob Chansley arrested. Apparently, Chansley wanted to go back to Washington, D.C. for the inauguration. Chansley was seen wearing horns, face painting, and a fur headdress in videos at the insurrection.
“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 motion said.
The motion did not contain statements that Chansley made.
“There were appearances in two districts, Texas and Arizona, and at some of those hearings, there were other prosecutors,” Sherwin said. “That may be a disconnect that may be adding information that’s not directly related to what we have.”
In the motion, Chansley is described as an unemployed, mentally unstable drug user.
“Chansley has spoken openly about his belief that he is an alien, a higher being, and he is here on Earth to ascent to another reality,” the document says.
Chansley is being charged with entering a restricted area, interfering with police, entering the Capitol without authority, interrupting the proceedings, and disorderly conduct.