The comments came on a motion that prosecutors filed Thursday night in the case against Jacob Chansley, the Arizona man who participated in the uprising while sporting face paint, no shirt and a furry hat with horns.
Prosecutors say that after Chansley took the stand where Vice President Mike Pence had been presiding moments earlier, Chansley wrote a threatening note to Pence that read, “It’s only a matter of time, justice is coming.”
Pence and other Congressional leaders had been removed from the chamber by the Secret Service and the United States Capitol Police before the rioters stormed the room.
“Strong evidence, including Chansley’s own words and actions on Capitol Hill, supports that the intent of the Capitol rioters was to capture and assassinate elected officials of the United States government,” prosecutors wrote in their memorandum urging the judge to keep Chansley behind bars.
Gerald Williams, Chansley’s attorney, did not return a phone call or email Friday morning seeking comment. In his case, a detention hearing is scheduled for later on Friday.
The FBI has been investigating whether any of the rioters had plans to kidnap members of Congress and hold them hostage, particularly targeting the men wearing plastic handcuffs and pepper spray. Prosecutors raised a similar perspective on Friday in the case of a former Air Force officer who they said was wearing zip-lock plastic handcuffs because he intended to “take hostages.” But so far, the Justice Department has not released any specific evidence about the plots or explained how the rioters planned to carry them out.
Chansley, who calls himself the “QAnon Shaman” and has long been a fixture at Trump rallies, turned himself in to the FBI field office in Phoenix on Saturday. News photos show him in the riots shirtless, face painted and wearing a horned fur hat, carrying an American flag attached to a wooden pole topped with a spear.
QAnon is a complicated, apocalyptic conspiracy theory spread largely across the internet and promoted by some right-wing extremists.
Chansley told investigators that he arrived at the Capitol “at the request of the president that all ‘patriots’ come to DC on January 6, 2021.”
One indictment was unveiled Tuesday in Washington for civil disorder, obstruction of official procedure, disorderly conduct in a restricted building and a demonstration in a Capitol building.