A prominent supporter of QAnon’s unproven conspiracy theories has been indicted for his involvement in the Washington Capitol riots.
Jacob Anthony Chansley, known as Jake Angeli, is in custody and faces several charges, including trespassing and disorderly conduct.
Chansley, who calls himself the shaman of QAnon, is supposedly the man photographed with the face painted and dressed in animal skin and horns inside the Congress building this Wednesday.
US President Donald Trump is facing his second impeachment trial, or removal, for his role in the incidents. In the first, the Republican majority in the Senate voted against, which allowed him to remain in office.
Democrats accuse Trump of having encouraged the attackers to take by force the seat of the US legislature in an episode that ended with 5 deaths.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States has asked for citizen collaboration to bring the assailants to justice.
Chansley has not publicly commented on the allegations he faces.
The federal prosecutor in Washington DC reported in a statement that Chansley has been identified as the man who appeared in the images released by the media with horns on his head, dressed in a bear skin, and red, white and blue paint and with the bare chest.
“This individual was carrying a spear, approximately 6 feet (1.83 meters) long, with a United States flag tied under the blade.”
The statement also reports the arrest of a man, a Florida resident. It is believed to be who was photographed taking the lectern of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Democrat Nancy Pelosi.
Adam Johnson, 36, is charged with multiple counts, including theft of government property and trespassing.
Also on the list of defendants released is West Virginia lawmaker Derrick Evans, who allegedly posted a video of himself and Trump supporters outside and then entering the Congress building.
Evans was taken into custody on Friday and is also charged with trespassing and disorder on Capitol Hill, the Justice Department reported.
Until now, more than a dozen people have been indicted after the riots, including an Alabama man who authorities found with 11 Molotov cocktails.
Trump is due to leave the presidency on January 20, when his rival Joe Biden is scheduled to take office as the new president. The Democrats in the House of Representatives plan to present an indictment for their “impeachment” in Congress next Monday for “incitement to insurrection.”
A White House spokesman declared that such a measure at this point would only serve to sharpen the division in the United States, but Democratic leaders say that Trump has shown evidence of not being fit for the position and have claimed Vice President Mike Pence, invoke the 25th Amendment to the United States Constitution to immediately relieve Trump.
Despite having distanced himself from him in recent days and the trickle of resignations in the Trump Administration in recent days, Pence has shown no intention of taking that step.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.