The First Insurrectionist to Plead Guilty
On January 6th angry supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol as Congress was confirming Joe Biden’s electoral college victory.
Protesters tore down metal barricades at the bottom of the Capitol’s steps and were met by officers in riot gear. Some tried to push past the officers who held shields and officers could be seen firing pepper spray into the crowd to keep them back. AP News reported the skirmishes came just shortly after President Donald Trump addressed thousands of his supporters, riling up the crowd with his baseless claims of election fraud.
Bay Area Leaders quickly spoke out against the Capitol Hill riots. Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf said, “This is terrorism. This is chaos and violence incited by Trump’”
A heavy metal guitarist has become the first defendant to plead guilty to federal charges in connection with the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. Jon Ryan Schaffer, the frontman of the band Iced Earth, has agreed to cooperate with investigators in hopes of getting a lighter sentence, and the Justice Department will consider putting Schaffer in the federal witness security program. This signals that federal prosecutors see him as a valuable cooperator as they continue to investigate the militia groups and other extremists involved in the insurrection on Jan. 6.
Listen to the full segment on The Chip Franklin Show below.