As we prepare for the second impeachment trial of Donald Trump, there are a number of notable individuals who’ve thrown themselves into, (or out of), the fray of late.
First, there’s Rudy Giuliani, the President’s personal lawyer and former mayor of New York City. Giuliani has stated that he cannot ethically participate in the trial as Trump’s attorney, on account of his being an eyewitness to the rally that preceded the Capitol siege.
Now, we are learning that the infamous “Qanon Shaman”, who entered the Capitol wearing fur, horns, and face paint, is willing to testify in the already unprecedented trial.
Lawyer Albert Watkins said he hasn’t spoken to any member in the Senate since announcing his offer to have Jacob Chansley testify at Trump’s trial, which is scheduled to begin the week of Feb. 8. Watkins said it’s important for senators to hear the voice of someone who was incited by Trump.
Chansley had his reasons for wanting to speak out.
Watkins said his client was previously “horrendously smitten” by Trump but now feels let down after Trump’s refusal to grant Chansley and others who participated in the insurrection a pardon. “He felt like he was betrayed by the president,” Watkins said.
The “Shaman” was one of many Capitol rioters who had asked Donald Trump for a pardon in the weeks following the events of January 6th.
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