Known as Jake Angeli or the Qanon Shaman, Jacob Anthony Angeli Chansely, 32, of Phoenix, Arizona, United States is represented by Albert Watkins of St. Louis, Missouri, USA. The former is one of the people inside the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C., USA on January 6, 2021.
That day, Angeli and his fellow Donald Trump supporters attended the Stop the Steal rally and listened to the 45th U.S. president’s speech in front of the White House. Afterwards, they marched to the Capitol Hill and breached the U.S. Capitol building while a joint session of Congress was certifying the vote of the Electoral College and affirming Joe Biden‘s victory in the 2020 presidential election.
Angeli was taken into custody in Arizona on January 9, 2021. He was charged with civil disorder, obstruction of an official proceeding, disorderly conduct in a restricted building, and demonstrating in a Capitol building on January 12, 2021.
Atkins clarified that Angeli did not participate in the violence on January 6, 2021. The lawyer explained that his client heard Trump’s “oft-repeated words” prior to the U.S. Capitol riot.
“The words and invitation of a president are supposed to mean something,” KMOV quoted Atkins as saying. “Given the peaceful and compliant fashion in which Mr. Chansley comported himself, it would be appropriate and honorable for the president to pardon Mr. Chansley and other like-minded, peaceful individuals who accepted the president’s invitation with honorable intentions.”
Prior to the U.S. Capitol riot, Angeli had no criminal history, Atkins noted. The lawyer emphasized that his client served honorable in the U.S. military.
Atkins made headlines in 2018 when he represented the former husband of the woman with whom Eric Greitens had an affair with before becoming the 56th governor of Missouri. Greitens, who is a Republican and a former Navy SEAL, resigned on June 1, 2018.
In January 2018, the Missouri Times published Scott Faughn met with Atkins. In the same month, the former paid the latter $120,000.
“My client did not get a dime,” Watkins told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “It went to pay attorneys fees.”