While his suit was colorful, prosecutors said his intentions were dark. In an 18-page document submitted to court on Thursday, prosecutors said Mr Chansley approached a Capitol Police officer and shouted that members of the crowd “were there to take the Capitol and look for the leaders of Congress ”.
Mr. Chansley, a member of the QAnon conspiracy movement known as “Q Shaman,” wrote a note to Mr. Pence, reading: “It’s only a matter of time, justice is coming.”
Phoenix Federal District Court Judge Deborah M. Fine on Friday denied Chansley bail, saying he was “an active participant in a violent insurgency to overthrow the United States government “. When Mr. Chansley asked to speak, Judge Fine told him it was “not desirable”.
In Texas, a federal prosecutor said another suspect, Lt. Col. Rendall Brock Jr., was planning to take hostages in zipper cuffs when he stormed the Capitol last week, and the lawyer pointed to the violent online threats Mr Brock made in preparation for the mob attack.
Steven M. D’Antuono, the head of the FBI’s Washington Field Office, said the public provided the FBI with about 140,000 digital tips, noting that friends and family had reported rioters and advised those involved in the violence to surrender before the FBI found them.
“If this investigation were a football game,” Mr. D’Antuono said, “we would still be in the first quarter.”
Reporting was contributed by Eileen Sullivan, Zolan Kanno-Youngs, Katie benner, Nicolas fandos and Hailey Fuchs from Washington, Simon romero Albuquerque and Alan feuer from New York.