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Capitol rioter 'QAnon Shaman' pleads guilty, disappointed Trump didn't pardon
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Publishing date:Sep 03, 2021 • 13 hours ago • 1 minute read • Join the conversation
Jacob Anthony Chansley, also known as Jake Angeli, of Arizona, stands with other supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump as they demonstrate on the second floor of the U.S. Capitol near the entrance to the Senate after breaching security defences, in Washington, U.S., January 6, 2021.
Jacob Anthony Chansley, also known as Jake Angeli, of Arizona, stands with other supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump as they demonstrate on the second floor of the U.S. Capitol near the entrance to the Senate after breaching security defences, in Washington, U.S., January 6, 2021. PHOTO BY MIKE THEILER /REUTERS
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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Capitol rioter nicknamed the “QAnon Shaman” is disappointed former President Donald Trump did not pardon him, his defense lawyer said on Friday after the man pleaded guilty to taking part in the Jan. 6 unrest.

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Jacob Chansley, of Phoenix, Arizona, was photographed inside the Capitol shirtless, wearing a horned headdress and heavily tattooed. He has been held without bond since his arrest shortly after the riot, and on Friday entered a guilty plea to obstructing an official proceeding.


While in detention, Chansley underwent mental examinations and was diagnosed by prison officials with transient schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression and anxiety.

Nearly 600 people have been arrested over the attack on the Capitol where Congress was meeting to certify Joe Biden’s November victory over Trump. Earlier Trump had given a fiery speech falsely claiming his defeat was the result of fraud.


While the felony charge Chansley pleaded guilty to carries both a maximum 20-year prison term and a fine of up to $250,000, prosecutor Kimberly Paschall indicated the maximum sentence the government was likely to request would be much shorter.

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Chansley had been a supporter of the QAnon conspiracy theory that casts Trump as a savior figure and elite Democrats as a cabal of Satanist pedophiles and cannibals.

Although he did not get a pardon from Trump, Chansley’s defense lawyer Albert Watkins said “there will always be a soft spot” for Trump in Chansley’s heart.


At Friday’s plea hearing, Watkins asked Judge Royce Lamberth to allow Chansley to be released from prison pending a sentencing hearing, scheduled for Nov. 17. The judge said he would consider this request.

Watkins noted that prosecutors had acknowledged Chansley was “not a planner or organizer” of the riot. Watkins later told reporters that Chansley had cooperated with Jan. 6 investigations and informed on a group he saw stealing classified materials from a Senate office.
 

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Idaho man accused of attacking police in U.S. Capitol riot pleads guilty
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Publishing date:Sep 07, 2021 • 12 hours ago • 1 minute read • Join the conversation
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WASHINGTON — An Idaho man accused of attacking police officers guarding the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6 riot on Tuesday entered guilty pleas to two riot-related criminal charges.

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Duke Wilson, 67, of Nampa, Idaho, pleaded guilty in federal court in Washington to a charges of assaulting, resisting or impeding police and to obstructing an official proceeding.


The felony obstruction charge carries a 20-year maximum prison term but defense lawyer Charles Peterson said sentencing guidelines indicated Wilson, who presently is on bail, could face a term of between 41 and 51 months in prison. Senior U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth set a sentencing hearing for November.

Nearly 600 people have been arrested over the attack on the Capitol where Congress was meeting to certify Joe Biden’s November election victory over then-President Donald Trump. Earlier Trump had given a fiery speech falsely claiming his defeat was the result of fraud.

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An FBI affidavit outlining the case for Wilson’s arrest said that video recorded during the riot showed Wilson entering a Capitol tunnel as rioters pushed against “law enforcement officers in an attempt to gain entry into the building.”


The FBI said rioters appeared to spray irritating liquids at police while pushing on officers’ shields. As officers tried to close a set of double doors, the FBI reported, Wilson grabbed and tried to pull the door open.

After being sprayed by officers, the FBI said Wilson “picked up a several foot long white cylindrical object, believed to be a thin polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipe,” which he then tossed at police.

The FBI said the video then showed Wilson appearing to help other rioters pull a shield away from the officers, and then pushed two officers to the ground.

At another court hearing on Tuesday, a federal prosecutor told U.S. District Judge Trevor McFadden that plea bargain discussions were under way for Matthew Council, a resident of the Tampa Bay, Florida area who also faces multiple Jan. 6 riot-related charges.
 

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Plea deal possible for Quebec woman accused of sending Donald Trump poison
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Publishing date:Sep 09, 2021 • 14 hours ago • 1 minute read • 7 Comments
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WASHINGTON — A United States federal prosecutor says his office is working on a plea deal that could be offered to a Quebec woman accused last year of sending poison to former president Donald Trump.

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Pascale Ferrier made a brief appearance in a Washington D.C. court this morning by video conference, and her case is due to return to court Nov. 10.


Prosecutor Michael Friedman told the court he has discussed a plea deal with other Justice Department officials and has outlined the general contours of a potential offer to Ferrier’s defence lawyer.

Ferrier has been charged with threatening to kill and injure the U.S. president, sending threats through the mail and violating biological weapons prohibitions in relation to a letter containing the poison ricin that was mailed to the White House.


She also faces 16 federal charges in Texas related to letters containing ricin that were sent to law enforcement officials in that state.

David Bos, a public defender representing Ferrier, said the charges in Texas would also be part of plea negotiations.
 

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Fired London nurse helping organize anti-lockdown hospital protests
Kristen Nagle had travelled to Washington on the day of the infamous Jan. 6 Capitol riots.

Author of the article:Tyler Dawson, Postmedia staff
Publishing date:Sep 13, 2021 • 18 hours ago • 4 minute read • 121 Comments
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Cross-country hospital protests against vaccine passports and COVID-19 public health measures are planned for Monday, organized by a group led in part by two Ontario nurses – one from London – who travelled to Washington on the day of the infamous Jan. 6 Capitol riots.

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The protests, scheduled for cities from Victoria to St. John’s and organized by a group calling itself Canadian Frontline Nurses, echo those that have rippled across Canada in recent weeks in response to government announcements of vaccine passports, which would limit the access unvaccinated Canadians have to public spaces.


Their targets include London’s Victoria Hospital.

Kristen Nagle and Sarah Choujounian, two of the organizers for the group, have both long been active in the protests against public-health measures during the COVID-19 pandemic and were present at a rally in Washington on Jan. 6, the same day pro-Donald Trump agitators stormed the Capitol building.

In November 2020, Nagle was charged for organizing rallies in violation of Ontario’s public health measures. She was put on paid leave from her job at the London Health Sciences Centre for actions “not aligned” with her employer’s values. An investigation into her conduct wrapped up by mid-January 2021, and she was fired.

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Nagle, a registered nurse since 2006, said at the D.C. rally nurses were being threatened for speaking out or holding contrary views but said that would not stop them standing up for the truth. She also slammed policies she said isolate new mothers at a critical time.

“We are sharing truth with you whatever the cost may be,” Nagle said. “Nurses, it is our time to rise.”

Her bio on the Canadian Frontline Nurses website reads: “Kristen is passionate about children’s health and empowering families to trust their bodies and immune systems, to support and not suppress symptoms and to live a more natural life in harmony with the Earth with full body sovereignty.”


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Choujounian was the founder of Nurses Against Lockdowns, which has since merged with Canadian Frontline Nurses. She has, according to her bio on the group’s website, been fired from both her nursing jobs in Ontario.

Both women travelled to Washington last January for a rally organized by Global Frontline Nurses, an organization that claims there is no evidence that social distancing is helpful in reducing the spread of COVID-19 and that “lockdowns do not work,” both positions widely disputed by public-health experts.

In Washington, Choujounian said she was fired from her nursing job for posting online about her beliefs about lockdowns, and said restrictions on visiting nursing homes are “crimes against humanity.”

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Choujounian and Nagle are also both under investigation by the College of Nurses of Ontario for their conduct. The college did not respond to a request for comment on Sunday.

The National Post reached out to Canadian Frontline Nurses for comment on Sunday, but the organization did not respond by press time.

There have been protests around the country relating to vaccine passports in recent weeks, reinvigorating a movement that had, previously, held rallies across the country condemning mask mandates and lockdown measures taken in many provinces to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Last week, the Canadian Nursing Association issued a strongly worded statement condemning the protests, saying the protests “have stunned and saddened exhausted health-care workers.”

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“The reckless views of a handful of discredited people who identify as nurses have aligned in some cases with angry crowds who are putting public health and safety at risk,” read a statement. “Their outlandish assertions about science would be laughable were they not so dangerous.”

Sunday, Toronto Mayor John Tory also came out against the protests, writing on Twitter: “We all have a right to protest but abusing that right in order to harass people outside a hospital and spread misinformation about vaccines in the middle of the pandemic is unacceptable and beyond the pale.”

News reports from across the country detail verbal and physical abuse from protesters during the last major round of protests, including reports that ambulances and patients struggled to get through thousands of demonstrators to get into hospitals.


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On Sunday, Alberta Health Services said it is planning for the “increased” presence of protective services and police around a hospital when the protests occur Monday in order to “support staff and patients at the Royal Alexandra Hospital to feel safe when entering or leaving the hospital tomorrow.”

Monday’s protest, according to a Canadian Frontline Nurses Facebook post, are “more of a silent vigil where health care professionals and the general public are welcome to show their support for those against medical tyranny and to pay tribute to those affected by the measures put in place since last year.”

The protests have escalated to the extent that the presidents of the Ontario Medical Association and the Canadian Medical Association penned a joint statement earlier this month saying the protests are “precluding access to much-needed health care settings and demoralizing health care workers.”

“The health care workers who have worked tirelessly for months on end are being bullied and harassed for doing their jobs. This is wrong and unacceptable – full stop,” the statement said.

With files from Tom Blackwell and The Canadian Press.

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Man with knives arrested near DNC headquarters: U.S. Capitol Police
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Publishing date:Sep 13, 2021 • 16 hours ago • 1 minute read • Join the conversation
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The U.S. Capitol Police arrested a California man with multiple knives in his truck marked with white supremacist symbols near the Democratic National Committee headquarters in Washington, police said on Monday.

Around midnight, a Capitol Police officer was on patrol when he noticed a pickup truck with a bayonet and a machete inside of it, and a swastika and other white supremacist symbols painted on it, the police department said in a news release.


The truck was parked near the DNC headquarters, which borders the U.S. Capitol complex, the statement said.

This handout photo released on September 13, 2021 courtesy of the U.S. Capitol Police shows a Dodge Dakota pickup truck after U.S. Capitol Police officers arrested a California man with a bayonet and machete in his vehicle in Washington, D.C.
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Police identified the driver as Donald Craighead, 44, of Oceanside, California. Craighead was arrested for possession of prohibited weapons.

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Craighead said he was “on patrol” and began talking about white supremacist ideology, the Capitol Police statement said.

A Saturday rally is planned by supporters of the roughly 600 people charged with taking part in the deadly Jan. 6 riot involving backers of then-President Donald Trump.


Police will reinstall a tall fence around the U.S. Capitol ahead of the rally, two sources familiar with the security planning told Reuters.
 

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Trump's tweets impacted our exchange rate: study
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Publishing date:Sep 14, 2021 • 11 hours ago • 1 minute read • Join the conversation
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The Donald’s tweets didn’t just have an impact in America, it trickled up to Canada, too.

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That’s the finding of a review by the Bank of Canada (BOC) of 336 of Donald Trump’s 40,000 tweets over a three-year span, according to Blacklock’s Reporter.


The BOC found that Trump’s tweets had a “statistically significant” impact on exchange rates. Twitter permanently suspended Trump’s account last Jan. 8.

“His tweets were informative and potentially consequential,” said the BOC report, Tariffs And The Exchange Rate: Evidence From Twitter. “We show that exchange rates reacted systematically only to tweets concerning commercial policy, but not to tweets concerning immigration, U.S. politics or other matters.”

Research was done to find the impact over a three-year period of the tweets on spot prices in the currency market.

“Findings showed more outspoken tweets like a 2017 Trump message calling the North American Free Trade Agreement ‘the worst trade deal ever made — May have to terminate?’ had an instant impact on exchange rates.

“These estimates are economically and statistically significant,” researchers said.
 

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U.S. Capitol Police request National Guard troops on Sept. 18 if needed
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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Capitol Police on Wednesday said it has asked the Pentagon to provide National Guard troops to help protect the Capitol on Sept. 18 during a scheduled protest if they are needed.

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“The USCP has asked the Department of Defense for the ability to receive National Guard support should the need arise on September 18,” the police department statement said.


No details were provided on the potential number of National Guard troops that could be deployed.

The reinstallation of a tall security fence at the Capitol already has been requested in the run-up to Saturday’s rally. The fence, which was first erected following the Jan. 6 attack on the building that houses the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, was dismantled in July.

A large group is expected at the Capitol on Saturday to protest the arrests and criminal charges against some 600 people in connection with the Jan. 6 riot.

Battling law enforcement outside and inside the Capitol, they were trying to stop Congress from formal certification of Joe Biden’s victory in the November, 2020 presidential election.

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Former President Donald Trump falsely claimed that the election was stolen from him as a result of massive election fraud. He gave a fiery speech to supporters at a rally outside the White House just prior to their attack on the Capitol.

Many of the Jan. 6 rioters carried Trump flags, which at times were used as weapons against law enforcement.

Four people died on the day of the riot, one fatally shot by police and three from medical emergencies. A Capitol Police officer who had been attacked by protesters died the following day. Four police officers who took part in the defense of the Capitol later committed suicide.
 

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'Threats of violence' at U.S. Capitol pro-Trump rally, police warn
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Publishing date:Sep 17, 2021 • 14 hours ago • 2 minute read • Join the conversation
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WASHINGTON — Police warned of threats of violence at a planned Saturday rally at the U.S. Capitol by Donald Trump supporters, and the National Guard put 100 troops on standby to provide support, after the building was breached during a Jan. 6 riot.

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Hundreds of far-right demonstrators are expected in Washington for the “Justice For J6” rally, in support of the more than 600 people arrested on charges of joining the storming of the Capitol by Trump supporters in an attempt to stop certification of President Joe Biden’s election victory.


Police have ramped up security around the white-domed building, mindful of the rioters on Jan. 6 who attacked police, smashed windows and climbed into the building, sending lawmakers and then-Vice President Mike Pence running for safety.

Workers have reassembled a fence that was put up around the white-domed Capitol following that day but was taken down in July.

U.S. Capitol Police Chief J. Thomas Manger on Friday told reporters “there have been some threats of violence associated” with Saturday’s demonstration.

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The police department has a “strong plan in place” to maintain a peaceful event, Manger told a news conference.

“In the last few days, we’ve had a number of specific threats come in against specific members of Congress,” Manger said, adding that those threats have not been “specifically tied to the rally tomorrow.”

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has put 100 National Guard troops on standby to help police protect the Capitol if needed, the Pentagon said on Friday. A Pentagon spokesman said the request had been made by the Capitol police and the troops would be based out of the D.C. Armory.

The National Guard troops, who will be unarmed except for batons, would be used after local, state and federal law enforcement capabilities had been tapped, the spokesman said.

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“The task force will only be deployed upon request of the Capitol Police to help protect the U.S. Capitol Building and Congressional Office buildings by manning building entry points and verifying credentials of individuals seeking access to the building,” the spokesman said.

Manger said one risk police were preparing for was clashes between Trump supporters and counter-protesters.

“What we’re concerned about, I think, more than anything is the possibility of counter-demonstrators making it to this demonstration and there being violence between those two groups,” Manger said. “In my opinion, that’s the most likely scenario for violence.”

Most members of Congress will be out of town on Saturday.
 

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'Threats of violence' at U.S. Capitol pro-Trump rally, police warn
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Publishing date:Sep 17, 2021 • 14 hours ago • 2 minute read • Join the conversation
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WASHINGTON — Police warned of threats of violence at a planned Saturday rally at the U.S. Capitol by Donald Trump supporters, and the National Guard put 100 troops on standby to provide support, after the building was breached during a Jan. 6 riot.

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Hundreds of far-right demonstrators are expected in Washington for the “Justice For J6” rally, in support of the more than 600 people arrested on charges of joining the storming of the Capitol by Trump supporters in an attempt to stop certification of President Joe Biden’s election victory.


Police have ramped up security around the white-domed building, mindful of the rioters on Jan. 6 who attacked police, smashed windows and climbed into the building, sending lawmakers and then-Vice President Mike Pence running for safety.

Workers have reassembled a fence that was put up around the white-domed Capitol following that day but was taken down in July.

U.S. Capitol Police Chief J. Thomas Manger on Friday told reporters “there have been some threats of violence associated” with Saturday’s demonstration.

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The police department has a “strong plan in place” to maintain a peaceful event, Manger told a news conference.

“In the last few days, we’ve had a number of specific threats come in against specific members of Congress,” Manger said, adding that those threats have not been “specifically tied to the rally tomorrow.”

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has put 100 National Guard troops on standby to help police protect the Capitol if needed, the Pentagon said on Friday. A Pentagon spokesman said the request had been made by the Capitol police and the troops would be based out of the D.C. Armory.

The National Guard troops, who will be unarmed except for batons, would be used after local, state and federal law enforcement capabilities had been tapped, the spokesman said.

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“The task force will only be deployed upon request of the Capitol Police to help protect the U.S. Capitol Building and Congressional Office buildings by manning building entry points and verifying credentials of individuals seeking access to the building,” the spokesman said.

Manger said one risk police were preparing for was clashes between Trump supporters and counter-protesters.

“What we’re concerned about, I think, more than anything is the possibility of counter-demonstrators making it to this demonstration and there being violence between those two groups,” Manger said. “In my opinion, that’s the most likely scenario for violence.”

Most members of Congress will be out of town on Saturday.
Of course Antifa and others will be there to crash this party just like last time .
 

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Small pro-Trump crowd rallies at U.S. Capitol amid high security
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WASHINGTON — Police and media vastly outnumbered protesters around the U.S. Capitol on Saturday at a sparsely attended rally by supporters of the people who breached the building on Jan. 6, trying to overturn former President Donald Trump’s election defeat.

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About 100 to 200 protesters showed up, some carrying the flags of the right-wing group Three Percenters over their shoulders. It was far fewer than the 700 people organizers had expected and the thousands who brought mayhem to the Capitol on Jan. 6.


Hundreds of officers patrolled the Capitol grounds and a black eight-foot-high (2.44 m) fence that surrounded the white-domed building for about six months after the attack was reinstalled, reflecting unease about a potential repeat of Jan. 6. One hundred National Guard troops were on standby.

As part of an effort by some of Trump’s far-right supporters to rewrite the history of the deadly mob assault on the Capitol that was captured in graphic video, speaker after speaker insisted that hundreds of rioters arrested for their actions that day were “political prisoners” who committed no violence.

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Prosecutors and legal experts say the cases are being handled properly.


“This is about justice and disparate treatment,” said Matt Braynard, a rally organizer and supporter of Trump’s false claims that his defeat was the result of widespread fraud.

While crowds were small, passions rose at times, with sporadic yelling matches breaking out between participants in the rally and counter-demonstrators. Police on bicycles moved in to break up some of these squabbles.

Capitol Police reported four arrests, including a man armed with a handgun spotted in the crowd, though they said it was “not clear why the man was at the demonstration.” Officers in riot gear also removed one man from the rally who had a large knife strapped to his hip.

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Organizers of the “Justice for J6” rally called for a peaceful event, but U.S. Capitol Police Chief J. Thomas Manger told reporters on Friday there had been threats of violence linked to the rally, some targeting individual members of Congress, and police were bracing to prevent clashes between Trump supporters and opponents.


Tony Smith, 40, of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, said he had come to voice his support for a fair judicial process for those charged in the breach of the Capitol.

“If we don’t honour that we don’t honour America,” said Smith, who was carrying a poster board that said “We Want Trump!”

More than 600 people have been charged with taking part in the Jan. 6 violence, which followed a speech by Trump at a nearby rally reiterating his false claims that his election loss was the result of widespread fraud. Those claims have been rejected by multiple courts, state election officials and members of Trump’s own administration.

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Rioters that day battled police, beating them with sticks and metal barricades, smashed their way through windows into the Capitol building and ran through the halls, sending lawmakers and then-Vice President Mike Pence running for safety.

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Four people died on Jan. 6, one fatally shot by police and three from medical emergencies. A Capitol Police officer who had been attacked by protesters died the day after and four police officers who took part in the defence of the Capitol later committed suicide.

Almost 50 people have so far pleaded guilty to charges related to the violence, nine admitting to committing felonies. The vast majority of defendants have been released awaiting trial but about 75 are still in custody, according to court documents.

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Members of the right-wing groups the Proud Boys, Oath Keepers and Three Percenters are among those charged with storming the building.

“Let them go, let them go,” the crowd occasionally chanted during the rally, which lasted just over an hour.


But Eric Lamar, 64, a retired firefighter in Washington, D.C., said he came to the Capitol to counter “false narratives” from Trump supporters about Jan. 6.

“It breaks my heart,” Lamar said after hearing another retired firefighter claim that the riot was a “false flag,” a conspiracy theory wrongly claiming that the event was staged. “There is no question that what happened on Jan. 6 is the work of supporters of Donald Trump who decided falsely and without evidence that the election was stolen.” Trump called Saturday’s rally a “setup” and said media would use it as an excuse to bash Republicans regardless of its outcome, according to an interview on Thursday with the Federalist, a conservative news website.

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Unlike on Jan. 6, when Congress was in session to certify Biden’s election, the Capitol was largely empty on Saturday, with most members out of town.

No members of Congress attended Saturday’s rally, though two Republican congressional candidates addressed the group.


Authorities, who had made clear they were much better prepared after being caught without enough forces to deploy quickly in January, took no chances.

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin put 100 National Guard troops on standby to help police on Saturday if needed.

National Guard troops were stationed in and around the Capitol from early January through late May, with as many as 5,200 troops in place at the mission’s peak.