Investigators from the US Department of Justice have so far found no evidence that the rioters who attacked the Capitol had plans to capture and assassinate elected officials. They only noted multiple calls for violence.
In a hearing in Arizona court on Friday into the detention of one of the rioters, Jacob Chansley, a QAnon conspirator, federal prosecutors reconsidered previous accusations that supporters of President Donald Trump were planning to ‘capture and assassinate elected officials’ in the January 6 attack in Washington.
In a previous deposition in court, prosecutors invoked the murder plan to demand the continued detention of 33-year-old Jacob Chansley. The latter had become famous around the world after being photographed shirtless in a horned shaman’s outfit during the riot.
‘No direct evidence’
Ariozona prosecutors withdrew their charges on Friday after the Justice Department said despite calls during the attack to capture some elected officials and kill Vice President Mike Pence, no evidence had not been found which shows that such a project was seriously considered.
‘There is no direct evidence at this point of the existence of teams to capture and murder,’ (elected officials), Michael Sherwin, the Washington District Attorney General who oversees the investigation into the attack on the Capitol.
In reaction to the January 6 attack, Washington has taken on the appearance of an entrenched camp in recent days with its concrete blocks and barbed wire. A heavily armed man was arrested on Friday as he sought to pass one of the many checkpoints set up near the Capitol, where Joe Biden will be sworn in on January 20.