“QAnon Shaman” pleads guilty in Capitol riot case

QAnon Shaman pleads guilty in Capitol riot case
'QAnon Shaman' Jacob Anthony Chansley. Source: Getty Images
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Daily US Times: Jacob Anthony Chansley, a prominent supporter of the baseless conspiracy theory QAnon, has pleaded guilty in federal court for his involvement in the US Capitol riots. Mr Chansley called himself the “QAnon Shaman”.

Mr Chansley, known as “QAnon Shaman”, was one of thousands of supporters of Donald Trump who attempted to prevent the US Congress from certifying the 2020 election.

On Friday, he pleaded guilty to one felony count of obstruction in an official proceeding.

Nearly 600 people have been charged in the federal investigation of the riot, which is considered one of the darkest moment of US democracy.

At least 36 defendants have been pleaded guilty so far, eight of whom have pleaded guilty to felonies.

Chansley became the de facto face of the riot, pictured amid the unrest with the American flag painted on his face and in horns and a bearskin headdress in his head. Mr Chansley called himself the “QAnon Shaman”.

QAnon is a baseless and wide-ranging conspiracy theory whose followers believe that former President Donald Trump was waging a secret war against elite Satan-worshipping paedophiles in government, media and businesses.

Chansley told the FBI he came to Washington DC “at the request of the president that all ‘patriots’ come to DC”.

The prominent Trump supporter has been in custody for eight months.

His attorney Albert Watkins told the court that his client was “non-violent, peaceful and possessed of genuine mental health issues”.

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