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The US says the Capitol rioters wanted to “capture and murder” officials: court records

The federal prosecutor’s office on Thursday presented a threatening new assessment of the siege of the U.S. Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump on Thursday. A court case states that rioters intended to “catch and murder elected officials”.

The prosecution offered that view in a file asking a judge to arrest Jacob Chansley, the Arizona man and QAnon conspiracy theorist, who was known to be photographed with horns while sitting at Vice President Mike Pence’s desk in the Chamber of the US Senate stood.

The detention record, written by lawyers for the Arizona Department of Justice, goes into more detail about the FBI’s investigation into Chansley and reveals that he left a note for Pence warning that “it is only a matter of time that justice will come “.

“Strong evidence, including Chansley’s own words and actions at the Capitol, supports that the intent of the Capitol rioters was to capture and murder elected officials in the United States government,” the prosecutor wrote.

A public defense attorney representing Chansley could not be immediately reached for comment. Chansley is due to appear in federal court on Friday.

The prosecution’s assessment comes from the fact that prosecutors and federal agents have started bringing more serious charges related to violence in the Capitol, including exposing cases against a man, retired firefighter Robert Sanford, Thursday for spearheading a fire extinguisher one police officer and another, Peter Stager, hit another officer with a pole with an American flag.

The prosecution asked a judge to arrest Jacob Chansley, right. The sticky note, written by lawyers for the Arizona Department of Justice, said Chansley left a note for US Vice President Mike Pence warning, “It is only a matter of time before justice comes.” (Mike Theiler / Reuters)

In Chansley’s case, prosecutors said the charges include “active participation in an insurrection attempting to violently overthrow the United States government” and warned that “the insurrection is ongoing” pending prosecution further Preparations for demonstrations in Washington and state capitals.

They also suggested that he suffered from substance abuse and mental illness, and told the judge that he posed a serious aviation risk.

“Chansley has spoken openly about his belief that he is an alien, a higher being, and he is here on earth to ascend to another reality,” they wrote.

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The Justice Department opened more than 80 criminal cases in the past week related to the violent riots in the U.S. Capitol, in which Trump’s supporters stormed the building, searched offices and, in some cases, attacked the police.

Many of the individuals charged so far have been easily tracked down by the FBI, which has more than 200 suspects, in large part thanks to videos and photos posted on social media.

Michael Sherwin, the acting U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, said that while many of the initial charges may appear minor, he expects much more serious charges to be filed if the Justice Department continues its investigation. (Reporting by Sarah N. Lynch and Brad Heath)

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