Jacob Anthony Chansley, 33, is being held in federal custody in Washington DC
The defense attorney for the so-called ‘ Shaman’ has released a video that he says shows his client preventing a rioter from stealing a muffin from the U.S. on January 6, as well as a bizarre high school essay in which he describes his goals as a spiritual ‘master’.
Jacob Anthony Chansley, 33, is being held in federal custody in Washington , and on Wednesday his attorney Al Watkins filed a motion seeking his release pending trial.
The motion contains a link to a YouTube video titled ‘Jake Stops Muffin Stealing,’ which appears to show Chansley clad in his distinctive fur-and-horns headgear yelling ‘Hey, hey hey!’ at a rioter entering a break room in the Capitol.
The court documents describe the video as showing Chansley ‘thwarting a (theft) by yelling at another person in the Capitol who was attempting to steal a “muffin” from a breakroom in the Capitol.’
‘It demonstrates and reinforces my client’s long-standing status as a peaceful, non-violent person who sought to thwart a theft and support the need for those in the Capitol to be respectful of law enforcement,’ Watkins said of the new video in a statement to DailyMail.com.
Chansley’s attorney has released new video appearing to show him thwarting a ‘muffin theft’. Above, Chansley is seen in his distinctive garb in the US Senate chamber on January 6
The video seems to show Chansley (left) berating the would-be muffin thief (right)
Chansley, who was arrested in January at his home in Phoenix, Arizona, faces six charges in the case and a potential sentence of up to 28 years.
He and his bulldog attorney Watkins have previously referenced the muffin theft intervention in interviews, but the new video is the first footage of the incident to emerge publicly.
‘I also stopped people from stealing and vandalizing that sacred space, the Senate. Okay? I actually stopped somebody from stealing muffins out of the break room,’ Chansley told from behind bars in March.
‘And I also said a prayer in that sacred chamber. Because it was my intention to bring divinity, and to bring God back into the Senate.’
The latest motion from Chansley’s defense team also reveals that his spiritual aspirations emerged at an early age.
Attached as an exhibit to the motion is an essay that Chansley wrote in high school, declaring his career choice was to be ‘a Christ, a Buddha, or a Muhammad, whichever you prefer to call it.’
‘I chose this career because I know it is my soul’s intent to get out of the illusion as well as to help others get out of the illusion,’ he wrote in the 2005 essay, clarifying that by illusion he meant ‘the physical world.’
Attached as an exhibit to the defense motion is an essay that Chansley wrote in high school, declaring his career choice was to be ‘a Christ, a Buddha, or a Muhammad’
The essay goes on to describe the daily responsibilities of the ‘master’ (‘nothing’) and the opportunities for promotion and advancement (‘endless’).
Chansely acknowledges in the essay that he would face ridicule and hatred from others as a spiritual ‘master’, but insisted this was no disadvantage.
‘I for one have many whom have a strong hate or dislike for me for very silly reasons or what appear to be no reason at all. But I do not return their hate; in fact I love these people and openly express my love for them,’ he wrote.
The teacher remarked ‘Interesting’ on the essay and gave Chansley a grade of 64.
Watkins provided the essay to the court, saying in his motion that it ‘evidences the long-standing loving and caring nature of the Defendant for all, even those who hate him.’
Watkins has been vocal in his public defense of his client, claiming Chansley’s ‘vulnerable’ mind was poisoned by Donald Trump’s tweets and ‘incessant drivel’ claiming Joe Biden had stolen the 2020 election result from him.
The lawyer has been embroiled in controversy after he had described those who attended the siege as ‘people with brain damage’ earlier this month.
Chansley’s bulldog attorney Albert Watkins has described those who attended the Capitol siege as ‘people with brain damage’
Watkins had previously noted that his client, who remains jailed on charges of civil disorder and five other counts, has Asperger’s syndrome.
In an expletive-laden interview with , released earlier this month, Watkins said: ‘A lot of these defendants – and I’m going to use this colloquial term, perhaps disrespectfully – but they’re all f***ing short-bus people.
‘These are people with brain damage, they’re f***ing retarded, they’re on the goddamn spectrum. F**k, they were subjected to four-plus years of godd**n propaganda the likes of which the world has not seen since f***ing Hitler,’ he added.
At a prior detention hearing, Chansley was denied pre-trial release, with prosecutors alleging that he is a flight risk and danger to the community.
The new motion filed by Watkins on Wednesday seeks to reopen the detention hearing and gain his freedom pending trial.
On Thursday, Judge Royce C. Lamberth ordered prosecutors to respond to the new motion by June 4.