A Trump loyalist who allegedly took a stash of weapons to Washington before joining the mob that besieged the Capitol on January 6 was arrested by the FBI on inauguration day.
Samuel Fisher was cornered by armed agents and handcuffed on a Manhattan sidewalk two weeks after the riot where the FBI says he trespassed at the Capitol after posting a series of fanatically pro-Trump messages online.
Also known as Brad Holiday, he was remanded in custody after a bail hearing on Wednesday where prosecutors said firearms, ammunition and a bulletproof vest were found at the home where he was arrested.
Fisher – a self-described ‘dating coach’ – is accused of unlawful entry to the Capitol grounds and disorderly conduct once he got there, but his lawyer says there is no evidence he was ever actually inside the Capitol.
Samuel Fisher among a sea of Trump supporters on the day of Capitol riot on January 6 – in a photo which the FBI says is evidence that he was illegally in a restricted area
Fisher allegedly posted this image of a stash of weapons that he had with him in Washington before the Capitol riot. The FBI affidavit did not say whether he took them to the Capitol
Footage taken from a Manhattan window, published by the New York Post, showed the moment that Fisher was surrounded on Wednesday.
‘Don’t move, put your hands out,’ one of the agents shouts as Fisher lies on his stomach with a gun pointed directly at him.
The footage filmed by a neighbor shows Fisher’s hands being cuffed behind his back before other federal agents appear in view.
The arrest came hours before the Biden inauguration which the mob incited by Trump on January 6 had desperately tried to stop from taking place.
According to an affidavit by an FBI agent, Fisher had complained about supposed election fraud in online posts before the riot and said that ‘we must stand up to these people and take our world back… it’s time to bring the pain upon them’.
Fisher allegedly posted this picture with the caption: ‘Can’t wait to bring a liberal back to this freedom palace’
His other online comments allegedly included: ‘They can’t arrest us all man’… ‘gotta stand up’… ‘bring ur guns sr’… ‘I’d exercise my 2A [Second Amendment] legal rights there’.
Hours before the riot, authorities say, Fisher said he was in DC and voiced fears that ‘it could be over’ if ‘millions of patriots don’t show up with guns’, adding that ‘the swamp and pedophiles in Hollywood are immortal’.
On January 6, he allegedly posted a picture of a stash of firearms after leaving comments on Facebook including ‘gotta make a stand’ and ‘not gonna be intimidated’.
He subsequently added that ‘if it kicks off I got a vest and my rifle’, according to the testimony by an FBI agent.
Under his pseudonym of Brad Holiday, he also posted a blog on January 6 warning that ‘we aren’t looking to fight or hurt anyone… but the odds that this is going to be solved any other way… is next to nothing’.
In the blog post, he laid out three possibilities for what might happen:
– ‘Trump has an Ace card up his sleeve. He plays it. The Deep State is arrested and hanged on the White House lawn for the High Treason’
– ‘Trump fails, Biden gets installed… Patriots are ineffective and we live under the rule of the elite pedophiles and Chinese communist party’
– ‘Trump fails, Biden gets installed… Patriots show up in the millions with guns. They execute all treasonous members of government and rebuild’.
Once the chaos began, Fisher posted a picture of himself among a sea of Trump supporters in what authorities say was a restricted area.
The FBI agent said it was ‘evident’ that Fisher had entered the Capitol grounds ‘with intent to impede, disrupt, and disturb the orderly conduct of the certification proceedings underway inside the Capitol’.
Trump supporters march through the Capitol Rotunda during the January 6 invasion of Congress. Fisher’s lawyer says there is no evidence he made it inside the Capitol
After an informant tipped off the FBI, investigators found Fisher’s alleged posts including one after the event where he apparently wrote that ‘seeing cops literally run… was the coolest thing I’ve ever seen in my life’.
‘People died . . . but it was f***ing great if you ask me . . . i got tear gassed and pepper sprayed,’ he allegedly wrote.
Prosecutors said at the bail hearing that Fisher was a danger to the community, saying he had stashed his firearms in a vehicle he took to Washington.
Fisher’s lawyer said there was no proof he ever took weapons to Washington and that he was ever actually inside the Capitol.
But he was ordered held without bail following Wednesday’s court hearing, shortly before Biden took the oath as the 46th US president.
The arrest came as part of an ongoing roundup linked to the Capitol riot, with another man held in New York state on Tuesday for allegedly pinning an officer into a doorway during the attack.
Patrick McCaughey III was arrested in South Salem on charges including assaulting, resisting or impeding officers, violent entry or disorderly conduct, and entering a restricted building or grounds.
More than 150 people have been arrested since the riot, which ended with five people dead including one Capitol Police officer.
It also led to a historic second impeachment motion against Trump, who had repeated his false claims of election fraud in a fiery speech near the White House shortly before the attack.
Trump’s challenges to the election result were rejected by government agencies, numerous courts, the legislatures of all 50 states and eventually the US Congress.