According to federal investigators investigating the assault on the Capitol, some Trumpian ultras wanted to “capture and assassinate” members and officials of Congress. “It’s only a matter of time, justice is coming”, reads a note that Jake Angeli, the ‘shaman’ of QAnon photographed wearing a Viking hat and a naked torso tattooed with images of Aryan iconography, had left on the desk of the Senate presidency, occupied a few minutes earlier by Vice President Mike Pence. Angeli’s note was attached to the Phoenix attorney’s file on Jacob Chansley, the real name of the ‘shaman’. “There is strong evidence, including the words of Chansley himself and the actions in the Capitol, which show that the intention of the rioters was to capture and assassinate members of Parliament and the government,” say the investigators.
It is a thesis shared by colleagues from Fort Worth, Texas, according to which Air Force veteran Larry Rendall Brock, photographed in the Capitol in possession of plastic handcuffs, intended to “kidnap, bind, maybe try, maybe execute members of the American government “. Brock was arrested, indicted and released on bail. The shaman delivered himself on Saturday and is currently in quarantine at a federal penitentiary in Phoenix having tested positive for Covid. Through his lawyer, Albert Watkins, he asked Donald Trump to grant him presidential pardon in extremis.
Meanwhile, in view of Joe Biden’s inauguration, Washington has been reinforced and its center looks like a war zone. In a briefing with Pence at civil defense, FBI chief Christopher Wray said he was “worried” about online chats indicating the possibility of violence, including an attack by “lone wolves”. On January 6 in the Capitol, the Washington Post revealed, there were “many white supremacists” whose names are in the Terrorist Screening Database, a federal database of American citizens suspected of terrorist intent.