# DOJ Officials Walk-Back Assertion That MAGA Rioters Wanted to ‘Capture and Assassinate Lawmakers’

By Debra Heine

January 15, 2021

Justice Department officials have formally walked back the outlandish assertion that claimed protesters sought to “capture and assassinate elected officials” during the Jan. 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol.

Michael Sherwin, the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, told reporters during a press conference on Friday that there is no “direct evidence of efforts to capture or assassinate lawmakers” during the riot.

“We don’t have any direct evidence of kill capture teams,” said Sherwin.

During a hearing in Arizona Friday, a federal prosecutor reportedly asked a magistrate judge to strike that line in a court filing regarding defendant Jacob Anthony Chansley, the “Q-Anon Shaman” who allegedly led Trump supporters into the Capitol while carrying a spear and wearing a horned fur headdress.

The entire line the prosecutors want to omit from their court filing is: “Strong evidence, including Chansley’s own words and actions at the Capitol, supports that the intent of the Capitol rioters was to capture and assassinate elected officials in the United States Government.”

Chansley will remain in jail as he awaits trial, a judge decided on Friday, after the Justice Department portrayed him as a particularly belligerent leader among the rioters. Chansley’s case eventually will move to the federal court in DC.

The line was a chilling description yet of rioters who seized the Capitol last week, writing in a court filing that the intention was “to capture and assassinate elected officials.”

Before the overwrought language was walked back, Senator Ben Sasse (R-Utah) rushed out a statement condemning the MAGA rioters as domestic terrorists.

“Every American needs to understand what the Department of Justice has just made public: Investigators have strong evidence to suggest that some of the rioters who stormed the United States Capitol planned to kidnap and possibly assassinate the Vice President,” the Utah Republican said in a statement promoted on Twitter by CNN’s Jim Acosta.

“These men weren’t drunks who got rowdy—they were terrorists attacking this country’s constitutionally-mandated transfer of power,” Sasse added. “They must be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

Seasoned politicos however instinctively suspected that the language was designed to politically damage Trump supporters.

“This is almost surely more fake FBI/DOJ info ops, feeding bullsh-t to credulous senators rather than putting evidence on the table,” tweeted national security expert David Reaboi.

After the last four years, it was a painfully easy call.

I guess when you hear the yelling “hang pence” and “kill peloci” dozens and dozens of times
just forget about it huh and when they kill a cop…they were just rowdies running around…
my god what the right won’t do…
anyone that minimizes this terrorist attack and attempt over the through of a election is a
trump apologist…and needs to be rejected

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The DOJ/Leftists strike again. Caught in the act they back down. Probably misspoke.

There were obviously different groups at the demonstration. The peaceful demonstrators and then the people that came to damage the protest and the president.

Typical of leftists to make claims via their media minions and then have other minions walk it back when it all falls apart. The left then strike with their social media bosses who end free speech for many.



What’s funny is they want to say that it wasn’t even Trumpers that rioted at the capital, insisting it was antifa/BLM and yet defend the rioters with OP’s like this…:rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl:

They know it was Maga’s that did this. And they were chanting “hang Pence”…

They most certainly were after blood…

Let’s ole like they captured the ring leader and he’s blm lol

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More lies from the party of liars…Hey that fuker with the horns and a painted red white and blue that’s the head of Qanon in Arizona now is on his knees with 6 counts charged…hahahahaha he on his knees begging trumputin to pardon him…hahaha lets see my bet is trumputin throws him under the bus

trumputin gets these terrorists to try to overthrow the fair/legal election and our government and then he doesn’t save them but that’s what trumputin does he gets the con in to get you in then throws you under the bus…trumputin the con man liar murderer LOSER…HAHAHAHA

The DOJ are POS, too many Swamp Creatures there, they ALL should have been REMOVED during January 21-28 2017.

Ditto The State Department and The Perpetual Warmongering FASCIST Pentagon.

That’s because Leftists are BORN FUCKING LIARS. They are taught at their Neo-Marxist schools by their Cultural Marxist POS teachers HOW to FUCKING LIE and also how to do DEFLECTION and GASLIGHTING.

Remember Leftism 101: ACCUSE your OPPONENTS of doing what YOU are ACTUALLY doing or PLANNING on doing.