Jan. 6 rioter who sought Trump’s ‘endorsement’ sentenced | Radio WGN 720

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(The Hill) – A man charged in connection with the Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol riot who claimed to be following former President Trump’s orders when he entered the building has been found guilty of multiple counts by a jury on Thursday.

Dustin Thompson, 38, of Ohio, was convicted of six counts, including disorderly conduct, theft of government property and obstruction of official process, according to the Justice Department.

Thompson was among a host of pro-Trump supporters who stormed the Capitol last year in an attempt to overturn certification of the 2020 election, which they say was stolen.

During his trial, Thompson claimed he was following “presidential orders” when he visited Capitol Hill, citing a speech Trump gave in Washington, DC, earlier in the day, CNN reported. Thompson testified that he felt like he “had to do something to earn her respect, her approval.”

“Besides being ordered by the president to go to the Capitol, I don’t know what I was thinking,” Thompson told the jury, according to CNN. “I was taken by the moment.”

Other Jan. 6 defendants also argued they were encouraged by the former president to violate the Capitol as part of an effort to void the 2020 election.

Trump’s actions before and during the riot are being investigated by the House Select Committee on Jan. 6.

During his pre-riot speech, Trump told supporters to “fight like hell” for him, although the former president said he wanted rally attendees to do so peacefully.

Before his trial, Thompson had asked the court to subpoena Trump to testify in his case.

In the request, his attorney wrote that the former president “orchestrated a carefully crafted plot to question the integrity of the 2020 presidential election” and allegedly tricked Thompson into “believing that American democracy was in jeopardy.” game if Congress were allowed to certify election results”. .”

According to the Justice Department indictment, Thompson traveled to DC from Ohio with his friend, Robert Lyon, to attend the rally. Thompson was photographed inside the Capitol building with a bottle of bourbon and a coat rack he stole.

Around 6 p.m., law enforcement officers confronted Lyon and Thompson at a nearby intersection as the couple waited for an Uber.

Officers asked Thompson to put down the coat rack he had with him, which Thompson did. When officers moved to detain the couple, Thompson fled.

Lyon did not attempt to flee and complied with law enforcement. Thompson was later arrested on January 25, 2021 in Ohio.

More than 770 people have been charged in connection with the Jan. 6 riot, while more than 250 have pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges.

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