- QAnon Shaman, real name Jacob Chansley, said he’d speak at Trump’s impeachment trial next month.
- Chansley’s lawyer said his client used to love the former president but now feels let down that he did not receive a presidential pardon.
- Chansley is to be arraigned on charges related to the Capitol insurrection on Friday. Trump’s impeachment trial is set to begin on February 8.
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The QAnon Shaman, he of the fur, face paint, horns, and bare chest, has offered to speak at former President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial next month.
The Shaman, real name Jacob Chansley, told the Associated Press, via his lawyer Albert S. Whatley, that he would be open to attending the trial and testify against the president.
Chansley, Whatley said, had been “horrendously smitten” with Trump, but now feels “like he was betrayed by the president” after the president failed to give him and other Capitol rioters pardons.
Chansley is among several Capitol rioters who asked Trump for a presidential pardon but did not receive one in the final days of the administration. Chansley argued that he’d come to the Capitol “at the request of the president that all ‘patriots’ come to DC on January 6.”
Jenna Ryan, a Texas real estate agent who flew to the siege in a private jet, told Dallas TV station CBS DFW, “I feel like I was basically following my president. I was following what we were called to do. He asked us to fly there. He asked us to be there.”
Trump’s impeachment trial is set to begin on February 8.
Michael Sherwin, US Attorney for the District of Columbia, told the BBC the FBI has identified around 400 suspects and arrested 135, several of whom have suggested that they believed they were following Trump’s orders by taking part in the siege.
Chansley is facing charges including disorderly conduct, violent entry, and illegally being on restricted spaces within the Capitol grounds and is scheduled to be arraigned on Friday.
Insider has reached out to Chansley’s lawyer, Albert S. Whatley, for comment.