Jacob Chansley, the horned man known as “QAnon Shaman” seen invading the Senate chamber during the deadly Capitol riot, offered to testify against former President Donald Trump at his Senate trial, his lawyer told The Associated Press.
Attorney Albert Watkins said he offered to have Chansley testify at the impeachment trial but has not heard back from any members of the Senate.
Watkins said Chansley became disillusioned with Trump after he failed to pardon him before leaving office.
"He felt like he was betrayed by the president," Watkins said.
Chansley, who carried a wooden pole with a spear attachment throughout the Capitol, is charged with civil disorder, obstruction of an official proceeding, disorderly conduct in a restricted building, demonstrating in a Capitol building and crimes.
He is scheduled to be arraigned in Washington on Friday.
Chansley feels “duped”:
Watkins previously told KSDK that he feels “duped” by the president.
"Let's roll the tape. Let's roll the months of lies, and misrepresentations and horrific innuendo and hyperbolic speech by our president designed to inflame, enrage, motivate," Watkins said. "What's really curious is the reality that our president, as a matter of public record, invited these individuals, as president, to walk down to the Capitol with him."
"He regrets very, very much having not just been duped by the president, but by being in a position where he allowed that duping to put him in a position to make decisions he should not have made," he added. "As to my client, the guy with the horns and the fur, the meditation and organic food... I'm telling you that we cannot simply wave a magic wand and label all these people on Jan. 6 the same."
Over 150 charged:
The Justice Department has charged more than 150 people in connection with the riot, including members of the Proud Boys, the Oath Keepers, the III% movement, and other fringe groups.
Most of the people are charged with illegally entering the Capitol and violent entry though others face charges including conspiracy, assaulting police officers, theft of government property, and firearms offenses.
The DOJ said it is also building sedition cases against some of the participants.
"We are going to reach a plateau I think in the very near future ... and the plateau will involve in looking at the more complicated conspiracy cases related to possible coordination among militia groups," said federal prosecutor Michael Sherwin.