On Wednesday, the lawyer for Jacob Chansley, dubbed the “QAnon Shaman,” told former President Trump that his message to him was to take care of “the jackasses who you f——- up because of January 6.”
After pleading guilty to felony interference of an official proceeding in connection with the Jan. 6 attack on the US Capitol, a judge sentenced Chansley to 41 months in prison on Wednesday. According to Mediaite, a reporter questioned Chansley’s lawyer what “proper accountability for former President Trump” might entail.
“If you’re asking my opinion, my opinion is meaningless. I will say that I would probably be far more effective over a beer with former President Trump, even if he didn’t have a beer, because I understand he doesn’t drink beer, but I’d have a beer,” attorney Albert Watkins said.
“And I’d tell him, ‘You know what? You’ve got a few f—— things to do. Including clearing this f—— mess up and taking care of a lot of the jackasses that you f—– up because of January 6.’ In the meantime, I might talk to him about some other things that I’d agree with him on. But my opinion doesn’t mean s–t,” he added.
Chansley is one of the most well-known faces from the Capitol riot on Jan. 6, when Trump supporters rushed the building to prevent Congress from certifying Joe Biden’s 2020 presidential election victory. He was photographed shirtless, wearing a horned hat, and his face was covered in red, white, and blue face paint.
According to an analysis of court documents, over 650 people are facing federal charges for their alleged role in the Capitol insurgency, however, The Washington Post reported that the bulk of those persons were not active in extremist groups.
Albert Watkins says his client Jacob Chansley, known as the QAnon Shaman, “is absolutely embracing being held accountable” as he is sentenced to 41 months in prison for his role in 1/6 insurrection. pic.twitter.com/nywpCykPgr
— The Recount (@therecount) November 17, 2021
“January 6th gave rise to the world to see unbridled, unfettered repugnancy,” said Watkins. “But the cause of that is not the issue here. Jan. 6 is the day we will look back in our rear-view mirror … that will be the day we belly up to the bar and take responsibility for our role.”
Chansley, who went shirtless that day and wore a spear, face painting, and a fur cap with horns, used a bullhorn to summon other rioters to the Senate dais, but his defense contended that he was not aggressive during the insurgency and had not organized the assault.
Attorney for so-called QAnon Shaman got super vulgar yesterday and called Capitol rioters "fucking short-bus people" and used the word "ret**ded."
This morning, CNN's @JohnBerman asked, "Would you like to apologize this morning?"
Albert Watkins: "No." pic.twitter.com/rjaTJJFxjo
— The Recount (@therecount) May 19, 2021
“This case presents every bit as uniquely as Jake presented on Jan. 6,” Watkins argued. “This court is in a simultaneously unique position to mete out justice and to emphasize the common ground between all of us and somehow bridge this great divide.”
The lawyer then blamed the US Navy for failing to treat Chansley’s mental illness while he was serving in the military more than a decade ago.
This is Jacob Chansley being interviewed as he left the Capitol on Jan 6th. His version of what had just happened and why he participated in it points to his guilt. It also points to the primary role of Trump’s lies in motivating his supporters to attack.pic.twitter.com/uY3dTPsT7j
— Paul Morrison (@chessclubgringo) November 9, 2021
“The government, in 2006, had a young man in their charge,” Watkins said. “I gave you a photo from that era. It looks like he’s 12. That young man, that kid, for the first time in his life, at the age of 19, he had access to medical care. He had the foresight, the insight, to go to the doc on the ship and say, hey, I want to find out if I’m crazy.”
According to Watkins, a Navy doctor diagnosed Chansley with a schizotypal personality disorder but failed to inform him or place the sailor on a treatment plan.
Jacob Chansley aka The Q Shaman was just sentenced to 41 months.
YES, this is a video of me interviewing him.
Meeting him messed up my head for a long time. Seeing the face of January 6th up close like that. pic.twitter.com/Co02bt0eFq
— Walter Masterson (@waltermasterson) November 17, 2021
“The government, in this case, has an opportunity to right a wrong that was perpetrated by the government – perhaps not the Department of Justice,” Watkins argued.
Prosecutors want a four-year sentence, which is near the top of federal sentencing standards.