- The “QAnon Shaman” will pay dearly for entering the US Capitol.
- Jacob Chansley’s punishment was finally announced.
- He was convicted of assault on the Capitol.
Supporters of former United States President Donald Trump, including QAnon follower Jacob Anthony Angeli Chansley, also known as “Yellowstone Wolf,” stormed the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021.
Protesters breached the Capitol’s security and entered the building as Congress debated the Electoral Vote Certification for the 2020 presidential election. Democrat Joe Biden emerged as the winner amid the scandal, disaster, and assault on the iconic building.
Punishment for attacking the Capitol
Scott Fairlamb, 44, was the first man convicted of attacking a police officer during the riot. He is a gym owner in New Jersey and a former martial arts fighter. He punched a police officer during the January 6 assault on the United States Capitol. He was sentenced last week to 41 months in prison, a sentence that likely served as a benchmark for dozens of similar cases, the Associated Press noted.
A few days ago, Jacob Chansley, 34, received the same sentence of 41 months in prison. It was the longest of 32 assault-related convictions to date. Jacob was the shirtless insurgent who introduced himself as the “QAnon Shaman.” He appeared with a painted face and a fur hat with large horns. He became, “the public face of the insurrection on Capitol Hill,” prosecutors said in a document reported by the AP.
The first to “fall” and be sentenced
Federal Judge Royce Lamberth highlighted that Fairlamb was the first person convicted of attacking an officer and that there will likely be more guilty pleas in the coming months. Fairlamb avoided trial by pleading guilty, thereby reducing his sentence.
“If you had gone to trial, I don’t think there would be a jury that would acquit you,” the judge said. Fairlamb, a gym owner from New Jersey, apologized and expressed remorse for his actions. He called them irresponsible and reckless. The assault on the Capitol quickly stole the attention of the national press moments after the insurgents entered.
“I’m not like that; that’s not how they raised me,” said one of the Capitol insurgents
“I take full responsibility for what I did that day,” Fairlamb said. “I’m not like that; that’s not how I was raised.” The prosecution had requested a sentence of three years and eight months in prison since Fairlamb was one of the first to storm the Capitol and incited others to exercise violence, according to the AP.
Punishment for Jacob Chansley, the “QAnon Shaman”
Prosecutors had recommended a sentence of four years and three months for the Arizona man, the AP said. Jacob Chansley’s 41-month sentence is just three years and five months in prison.
In September, Chansley, born in Arizona, pleaded guilty before the federal court of the District of Columbia. He was tried on a charge of obstructing an official procedure during a session in Congress on January 6, when the assault on the Capitol happened.
He hopded to “save” himself from jail with an ingenious trick by his lawyer
After the assault on the Capitol, Jacob Chansley’s lawyer had alleged that his client suffers from a mental illness and was seeking his immediate release, according to Millennium. The lawyer argued in court that his client suffers from transient schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, and anxiety. This was to lessen his jail sentence for the violent act. Prison psychologists diagnosed the man who is known for dressing like a horned bison and howling with these issues.
The lawyer, Albert Watkins, said that the officials in the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) had made this diagnosis in hopes he would immediately be released. He said this about the of QAnon Shaman’s situation:
“As he spends more time in solitary confinement … the decrease in his [mental] acuity was remarkable, even to the inexperienced eye.” In 2006, when he was in the Navy, his behavior was the same, according to the records.
Committee that investigated the assault on the Capitol
The Speaker of the House, Democrat Nancy Pelosi, appointed the committee that investigated the January 6 assault on the Capitol. A Republican legislator critical of former US President Donald Trump was one of the appointees.
Pelosi named Congressman Adam Kinzinger as the ninth member of the committee. “[Kinzinger] brings great patriotism to the committee’s mission, [which is] to find the facts and protect our democracy,” Pelosi said.
Will they punish Trump?
With the selection of Kinzinger, two Republicans are part of the committee. Also included are seven Democratic congressmen. Both Kinzinger and the other conservative committee member, Liz Cheney, are very critical of Trump.
They are among the only 10 Republican lawmakers who voted to convict the former president in the impeachment trial against him for the assault on the Capitol, which ended in his acquittal. In principle, the idea was for the committee to be made up of 13 members: eight appointed by Pelosi and five chosen by the Republican leader, Kevin McCarthy.
Committee included Republicans
The Democratic leader maintained the power to veto the appointments. However, Pelosi refused to admit two Republican lawmakers that McCarthy had chosen, Jim Banks and Jim Jordan. They are both allies of Trump and amplified some of his theories about the elections without evidence.
As a response, McCarthy withdrew the nomination of the other three Republicans that Pelosi had approved. The result was a much less bipartisan committee than originally envisioned. But at least with the participation of two conservative figures, Democrats hope to lend gravitas to the committee’s conclusions.
Seeking the truth about what happened in the Capitol
More than likely, the majority of the Republicans supporting Trump will try to use the committee’s imbalanced composition—with two conservatives and seven liberals—to question its results.
Cheney is one of the two conservatives on the committee and daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney (2001–2009). She was ousted from leadership of the Republican Party in May for having refuted Trump’s unfounded allegations of fraud. Kinzinger promised to work “diligently” and from a “serious” and “nonpartisan” perspective to get to “the truth” of what happened. Filed Under: Capitol Bison Falls
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