Capitol Building Rioter ‘QAnon Shaman’ Denied Pre-Trial Release, Judge Calls Jailhouse Interview ‘Publicity Stunt’

Jacob Chansley gave an interview to ’60 Minutes’ from jail


A judge denied the pre-trial release of self-described “QAnon Shaman” Jacob Chansley, calling his recent “60 Minutes Plus” interview — in which he alleged Capitol Police officers waved him into the building on Jan. 6 — an elaborate “publicity stunt” orchestrated to benefit a fame-hungry defense counsel.

Chansley — who garnered widespread recognition after storming the Capitol shirtless, wearing face paint, a bearskin and horned headdress — will remain in jail, Senior Judge Royce C. Lamberth ruled in a scathing 32-page opinion handed down by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on Tuesday.

Lamberth, appointed by Republican former President Ronald Reagan, lambasted Chansley over his jailhouse interview with “60 Minutes Plus” correspondent Laurie Segall, arguing that such teleconference privileges should have been used privately between the defendant and his counsel.

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