Jake Angeli, also known as Jacob Chansley, was one of the most recognizable members of the insurrection at the Capitol on January 6 that left five dead, as he was shirtless with a painted face and a furry horned hat.
He was part of a new motion filed by his attorney Albert Watkins on Thursday.
In the motion, Watkins points blame at Trump for the conspiratorial fever that has swept the United States.
‘For years during the Trump administration, the President honed and routinely utilized his mass communication means to effectively groom millions of Americans with respect to his policies, protocols, beliefs and overwhelming fixation on all matters conspiratorial,’ the motion states, according to Newsweek.
The QAnon Shaman as he’s come to be known is putting the Capitol riot on Donald Trump
In a legal briefing, Jacob Chansley said Trump used ‘mass communication means to effectively groom millions of Americans’
‘Months before the 2020 Presidential election, former President Trump heightened his public propaganda such as to alarm, alert, and amass his supporters and cause them to be concerned about an inevitable voter fraud being perpetrated upon the United States of America and, in turn, theft of our nation, loss of our democracy, and the seating of a falsely/fraudulently elected individual other than former President Trump.’
Chansley was a Trump loyalist and a previous pro-Trump rally attendee, but he has turned against the former president as legal proceedings have continued.
On February 8, Chansley issued an apology and said he was ‘deeply disappointed in former President Trump,’ despite seeking a pardon from the outgoing president just weeks earlier.
Chansley is currently in a Virginia prison, awaiting next steps in his legal case
A previous court filing obtained by Law & Crime suggest the lack of a pardon is when Chansley turned on Trump.
‘After the defendant noted former president Trump’s pardoning of his friends and colleagues and Lil Wayne, the defendant was compelled to reconcile his prior faith in Trump,’ the filing reads.
The filing was part of a bail motion, which outlined Chansley’s lack of criminal history and revealed he tried to testify at Trump’s impeachment trial twice.
Ultimately, no witnesses were called in Trump’s trial, where he was acquitted largely along party lines.
Chansley has been in jail for nearly two months and has expressed regret for entering the Capitol.
Chansley has pleaded not guilty to felony charges of civil disorder and obstructing an official proceeding, plus four other misdemeanor charges.
He has feuded with the jail system about serving him organic food as part of his belief in Shamanism.
The jail was eventually forced to meet his organic food needs, but he was moved to another prison in Virginia after they were unable to continue doing so.
The latest filing said Chansley was ‘grateful’ for the organic food, but ‘the Defendant has experienced significant digestive tract issues for which medical consultation has been sought,’ an argument for his release.
Another argument being made for Chansley’s release is that ‘faith precludes him’ from receiving the coronavirus vaccine, giving him both a medical and religious reason to be freed, despite not having an underlying condition that could make COVID-19 more dangerous.
Chansley (in a courtroom sketch) is arguing for his release on religious and medical grounds
Chansley has said he is ‘deeply disappointed in former President Trump,’ despite seeking a pardon from the outgoing president just weeks earlier.
Chansley’s developing legal case comes as Acting Deputy Attorney General John Carlin announced Friday that over 300 people have been charged in the riot at the Capitol.
More than 280 people have been arrested in connection with the insurrection, which Carlin said was the brunt of his first briefing as Acting Deputy Attorney.
‘We must return to an America where no one fears violence for who they are or what they believe,’ Carlin said on Friday, according to ABC7Chicago.