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Jury out on the fate of the QAnon believer who thought he was storming the White House during the Capitol riots

WASHINGTON — A federal jury began deliberating Friday on the fate of a QAnon believer who persecuted US Capitol Police officer Eugene Goodman on Jan. 6, 2021.

Doug Jensen, an Iowa man who was one of the first 10 rioters to enter the Capitol on the day of the riots, was tried this week on seven charges, including felony civil disorder and assault, resisting or impeding officers.

Jensen has been in pretrial detention since last year. He had been released on a high-intensity pre-trial show, but a judge ordered Jensen re-arrested after he violated the conditions of his release by livestreaming an event hosted by MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, who has promoted conspiracy theories about the 2020 election.

On January 6, Jensen shot videos from the base of the Capitol building, where he inaccurately but with tremendous confidence proclaimed that he was in the White House. “Storm the White House! That’s what we do!” Hey said in a video

The government and Jensen’s defense team presented their closing arguments on Friday, before the jury of 10 men and two women began deliberating in the afternoon.

Prosecutors argued that Jensen “was the troublemaker who didn’t back down” in his determination to prevent the peaceful transfer of power.

“Every barrier she encountered that day, she was ready to knock down,” said Assistant United States Attorney Hava Arin Levenson Mirell. She scaled a 20-foot wall to reach the Capitol, inhaled clouds of pepper spray “like oxygen” and broke through police lines.

Goodman, the USCP officer he evaluated at Jensen’s trial this week, “had no backup” when he confronted the rioters, Mirell said. And the mob, “led by the accused”, did not leave despite being asked by the authorities.

“That was not a follow-the-leader game,” Mirell said. Jensen was “arming that mob.”

In his closing statement, Jensen’s attorney, Christopher Davis, described his client as a “confused man” and a “lone wolf” who had fallen for QAnon conspiracy theories. The pandemic “did some very strange things to people” and “apparently, Mr. Jensen was one of them,” he said.

Davis said it took her client about 24 hours to realize he was on Capitol Hill, not the White House, adding “it shows you how confused and confused his head is.”

He argued that his client did not lay hands on anyone and denied that Jensen participated in some of the chaotic scenes on scaffolding as prosecutors allege.

The government tried to dismiss those defenses in its rebuttal. The law does not require physical contact for the charge of assaulting an officer, and if Jensen was truly confused, he would not have been able to get as close to Vice President Mike Pence during the riot, prosecutors argued. “That doesn’t happen out of confusion,” said Assistant US Attorney Emily Allen.

More than 850 people have been arrested and more than 350 convicted in connection with the attack on Capitol Hill.

The FBI this week arrested five people associated with the far-right America First movement, and a judge also sentenced a former Army reservist and Adolf Hitler enthusiast who stormed the Capitol to four years in prison.


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