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‘QAnon shaman’ Jake Angeli who led Capitol riot claims he was ‘DUPED’ by Trump, lawyer says

QANON Shaman Jake Angeli's lawyer is claiming his client was "duped by the president" after he stormed the Capitol in the failed coup attempt on January 6.

Al Watkins, a St. Louis attorney representing Jacob "Angeli" Chansley, 33, also known as the "QAnon Shaman," said Chansley never would have stormed the U.S. Capitol building had it not been for the rhetoric President Trump used to rile up his supporters.

His defense comes as Trump ended his term without offering a pardon to Chansley.

"Let's roll the tape. Let's roll the months of lies, and misrepresentations and horrific innuendo and hyperbolic speech by our president designed to inflame, enrage, motivate," Watkins said.

"What's really curious is the reality that our president, as a matter of public record, invited these individuals, as President, to walk down to the capitol with him," Watkins continued.

Watkins argued that invite led to Chansley and countless others to storm the Capitol.

"He regrets very very much having not just been duped by the President, but by being in a position where he allowed that duping to put him in a position to make decisions he should not have made," Watkins carried on.

Watkins also asked his client, seen as a symbol of the January 6 riots, not to be lumped together with others who stormed the Capitol in an attack on democracy.

A federal judge recently denied Chansley's release, claiming he was a symbol of the riots and could further incite violence.

"As to my client, the guy with the horns and the fur, the meditation and organic food," Watkins said. "I'm telling you that we cannot simply wave a magic wand and label all these people on January 6th the same." 

Watkins alluded to the organic diet food Chansley requested in jail after turning himself into the FBI.

Watkins said he has been contacted by others who similarly stormed the Capitol, but cannot disclose any other information.

Chansley was widely pictured for his involvement in the January 6 riots, seen wearing a horned fur getup while holding an American flag. Before his arrest, he promised to return to the Capitol for Joe Biden's inauguration.

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