Sunday, November 28

‘Shaman of QAnon’ to plead guilty to Capitol uprising

(CNN) — Jacob Chansley, accused of disturbances in the United States Capitol, and who is known as the ‘shaman of QAnon’ for wearing a horned bearskin suit during the attack, will plead guilty on Friday, according to court records.

Chansley has been charged with six federal crimes in connection with the January 6 insurrection, including felonies for civil disorder and obstruction of congressional proceedings. The court record does not indicate what charges Chansley is expected to plead guilty to. His attorney Al Watkins declined to say so.

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“The path traced by Mr. Chansley since January 6 has been a process that has involved grief, depression, solitary confinement, introspection, recognition of mental health vulnerabilities and an understanding of the need for more of one’s own work,” he said Watkins in a statement.

Chansley’s defense attorneys have lobbied several times for their client to be released from jail, where he has been detained since his arrest in January. The judge in his case has repeatedly ruled that Chansley is too dangerous for his release.

“The defendant characterizes himself as a peaceful person who was greeted at the Capitol building on January 6 by police officers. The Court does not find any of his many attempts to manipulate the evidence and minimize the seriousness of his actions to be convincing. “Washington District Judge Royce Lamberth wrote in March.

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A well-known figure in the QAnon conspiracy community, Chansley was one of many QAnon believers who have been indicted for the Capitol riots. Watkins said Thursday that Chansley now “seeks, as part of his reconciliation of where he is today, to get away and distance himself from vortex Q.”

Earlier this week, the Justice Department secured its 50th guilty plea related to the insurrection.

Nearly 600 people from 44 states and Washington have been charged in federal court, according to the latest CNN tally, with authorities announcing new arrests almost daily.

Prosecutors are working to resolve many of the lower-level cases, and the majority of the 50 convictions are from non-violent agitators.

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Meanwhile, cases are progressing against defendants who allegedly attacked the police or are members of right-wing extremist groups, such as the Proud Boys.

CNN’s Hannah Rabinowitz and Olanma Mang contributed to this report.

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