The lawyer who represented the ‘ Shaman’ in his trial for storming the on January 6 has called for his client to be released after Tucker Carlson aired previously unseen footage from the riot.
Carlson on Monday night used his show to broadcast clips showing the so-called Shaman, Jacob Chansley, inside .
Chansley appears to be escorted through the building by Capitol Police officers, while other officers allow the chest-baring, horn-wearing Trump supporter to pass.
Carlson used the footage to argue that the rioters were ‘sightseers’, and ‘mostly peaceful’.
Chansley pleaded guilty in September 2021 to civil disorder and violent entry to the Capitol, among other charges. He was sentenced two months later to three and a half years in prison, with the new footage leading to claims he was unfairly portrayed as a violent intruder.
On Wednesday night, Chansley’s former lawyer said he had not been shown the footage broadcast by Carlson, which
Albert Watkins (right) represented Jacob Chansley in court.
Chansley pled guilty, Watkins said, without knowing there was footage showing him inside the Capitol
Chansley is seen being followed through the Capitol by a police officer
‘We went through extraordinary efforts on behalf of our client to put him in a position of knowledge,’ said Albert Watkins, Chansley’s former attorney.
‘That’s my duty as an agent of the court, to make sure that he knew everything that the government had, good and bad, to put him in that position, to make a learned, informed, voluntary decision about whether to go to trial or take a plea.’
Watkins said it was shocking that the government knew Chansley was ‘not violent’, yet did not share the footage.
‘The government knew,’ said Watkins.
‘They knew that Jake had walked around with all these police officers.
They had that video footage. I didn’t get it. It wasn’t disclosed to me. It wasn’t provided to me.
‘I requested it. I filed the requisite pleadings for it. Whether I did or not, they had a duty, an absolute duty, with zero discretion to provide it to me so I could share it with my client.’
Watkins said Chansley ‘had tremendous intelligence’, and noted he had been diagnosed 15 years before as suffering from mental health issues.
Watkins said he was ‘very gentle; very, eVDen EVE NAKLiYaT very articulate.’
He added: ‘It’s a tragedy.
What’s happened is truly a dagger in the heart of our American justice system.
‘We can’t allow it.
‘This is about our justice system being so compromised, the very integrity and evdEn eVE naKliYaT core of that which we wore as a badge of honor for the entirety of our nation’s history, has been rendered a vile disgusting mess by a Department of Justice running amok.’
Tucker Carlson on Monday night released footage from inside the Capitol on January 6, including clips showing the ‘QAnon Shaman’, Jacob Chansley (above), being apparently ‘escorted’ through the building
Chansley, with his bullhorn, is seen on January 6, 2021 inside the Capitol
Carlson on Monday defended the rioters.
‘They were orderly and meek,’ said Carlson of those who stormed the Capitol.
Carlson said they ‘obviously revere the Capitol’, noting they took selfies and ‘queue up in neat little lines’.
‘Deadly insurrection. Everything about that phrase is a lie,’ he said.
‘Very little about January 6 was organized or violent.
‘Surveillance video from inside the Capitol shows mostly peaceful chaos.
Chansley, a 33-year-old naval veteran from Arizona, was one of the most high-profile figures to enter the Capitol on January 6.
He has been jailed for almost four years for ‘obstructing an official proceeding.’
In the footage, Chansley appears to be guided by an official as he wanders the Capitol.
He passes a line of riot police, who make no move to stop him.
Then they escort him to various entrances of the chamber which appear to be locked, and eventually find him an open door through which he vanishes.
‘Virtually every moment of his time inside the Capitol was caught on tape,’ said Carlson.
‘The tapes show the Capitol police never stopped Jacob Chansley.
They helped him. They acted as his tour guides.’
Carlson also showed the moments after Officer Brian Sicknick was confronted by the rioters.
Sicknick, 42, died on January 7 – the day after the riot.
Brian Sicknick is seen shortly after the Capitol was breached.
Carlson said he appeared ‘healthy and vigorous’
Sicknick, who died of a stroke on January 7, is seen during the riot carrying out his duties
Capitol rioter Julian Khater (pictured left) was sentenced to 80 months in prison for eVDEN Eve nAKLiyaT his role in the pepper-spray assault of police officer Brian Sicknick (pictured right), who died the day after the January 6, 2021 riot
In April 2021, the DC medical examiner ruled that Sicknick, who was injured while confronting rioters, suffered a stroke and died from natural causes.
‘To this day, media accounts describe Sicknick as someone who was, quote, “slain” on January 6,’ Carlson said.
‘The video we reviewed proves that is a lie.’
Carlson said the officer was ‘healthy and vigorous,’ and noted he was wearing a helmet.
‘So it’s hard to imagine he was killed by a head injury,’ he said.
‘Whatever happened to Brian Sicknick was very obviously not the result of violence he suffered at the entrance to the Capitol.
‘This tape overturns the single most powerful and politically useful lie the Democrats have told us about January 6.’
There have been multiple deaths linked to the riot, including four Trump supporters – one of whom, Ashli Babbitt, was shot dead by Capitol Police.
Trump supporters are seen walking through the Capitol on January 6, 2021.
Carlson described them as ‘sightseers’
Carlson further suggested alleged Capitol Rioter Ray Epps – pictured in red Trump cap – was actually an FBI agent send to stoke violence.
Epps denies his claims