According to Reuters, U.S. prosecutors said in a Thursday court filing that pro-Trump insurrectionists who stormed the Capitol last week intended “to capture and assassinate elected officials.”
Prosecutors offered that view in a filing asking a judge to detain Jacob Chansley, the Arizona man and QAnon conspiracy theorist who was famously photographed wearing horns as he stood at the desk of Vice President Mike Pence in the chamber of the U.S. Senate.
The detention memo, written by Justice Department lawyers in Arizona, goes into greater detail about the FBI’s investigation into Chansley, revealing that he left a note for Pence warning that “it’s only a matter of time, justice is coming.”
“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 in the United States government,” prosecutors wrote.
In the case of Chansley — who prosecutors suggested suffers from drug abuse and mental illness — officials said the charges “involve active participation in an insurrection attempting to violently overthrow the United States government.”
Prosecutors also warned that “the insurrection is still in progress,” as law enforcement officials expect further demonstrations in D.C. and state capitals.
Michael Sherwin, the Acting U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, has said that while many of the initial charges may seem minor, he expects much more serious charges to be filed as the Justice Department continues its investigation.
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