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Al Watkins, the attorney who represents alleged Capitol Hill insurrectionist Jacob Chansley, appeared Thursday on Cuomo Prime Time. Chansley, who is also known as the QAnon Shaman, was arrested for illegally entering the Capitol building and creating a disturbance. However, his attorney claims that he was invited by President Trump.
“My client wasn't violent,” said Watkins. “He didn't cross over any police lines. He didn't assault anyone. He was there at the invitation of our president.”
Watkins believes that Chansley’s love for the president is what has landed him in so much legal trouble. He claims Chansley was encouraged by the president’s speeches and tweets calling for an intervention during the Electoral College certification on Jan. 6.
“He loved Trump,” said Watkins. “Every word. He listened to him. He felt like he was answering the call of our president.”
The violent assault on the Capitol left five people dead and also resulted in Trump becoming the only U.S. president to be impeached twice. Before Trump leaves office on Jan. 20, Watkins believes he should pardon many of his supporters, starting with Chansley.
“Trump needs to stand up and own these people,” he said. “He owes them, he has an obligation to them, he has an obligation to our nation.”
When asked what specific obligations the president owes his loyal supporters, Watkins replied, “A pardon.”
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