The storming of the US Congress was not just an expression of outrage over the election results by supporters of outgoing President Donald Trump, or an attempt to disrupt the endorsement of Joe Biden’s victory, authorities revealed, Friday.
Reuters reported, citing the US federal prosecution, that the rioters among Trump’s supporters were intent on “kidnapping and assassinating elected officials” in the US administration during the siege and storming of Congress.
This came in a memorandum submitted by the prosecution to the court, in which it also requested the issuance of a warrant for the detention of Jacob Chansley, a resident of Arizona and a promoter of conspiracy theories, whose image has been widely circulated with the fur on his head showing two horns.
And monitor Chansley standing over Vice President Mike Pence’s Senate office.
The memo, written by attorneys for the Arizona Department of Justice, went into more detail about the FBI’s investigations into Chansley, revealing that he had left a written note to Pence warning that “it’s just a matter of time. Justice is coming,” which implies a threat against Vice President who rebelled against his boss in recent days.
“Strong evidence, including the words and actions of Chansley himself on the Capitol (Congress), supports the notion that the rioters’ intent was to capture and assassinate elected officials of the United States government,” the prosecution memo said.
Change is due to appear in federal court on Friday.
This comes at a time when prosecutors and federal agencies began directing more serious accusations related to the violence that occurred, including the disclosure of cases accusing retired firefighter Robert Sanford of throwing an extinguisher on a policeman’s head, as well as accusing a person named Peter Steiger of hitting another policeman with an American flag.
With regard to the Chansley case, the prosecution said the charges “include active participation in a rebellion that seeks to overthrow the United States government through violence,” and warned that “the insurgency is still in place.”
State law enforcement agencies are taking strict measures in anticipation of the possibility of further demonstrations and unrest in Washington and state capitals.
The prosecution also said that Chansley was a drug addict and mentally impaired, and the likelihood of him running away from justice was strong.
The Justice Department has filed more than 80 criminal cases related to the violence in Congress last week when Trump supporters stormed the building, ransacked offices, and attacked police.
In the events, 5 people were killed and dozens of others were injured. The riots did not interrupt the congressional approval of Biden’s victory, but they caused great damage to the democratic image of the United States in front of the world.