Trump supporter on trial for Jan. 6 charges says he was ‘very comfy’ in senator’s chair


WASHINGTON– A Donald Trump advocate who continues to think the 2020 governmental election was taken informed jurors at his trial Tuesday that he “felt really comfortable” being in a senator’s seat throughout the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Brandon Fellows, who has actually called Jan. 6, 2021, a “gorgeous day” and stated he liked the truth that senators and members of Congress feared for their lives, is representing himself in a trial that started recently.

Brandon Fellows at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.
Brandon Fellows at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

” We needed to take the election back. It was taken,” Fellows stated on the stand Tuesday.

Fellows deals with a federal felony charge of blockage of a main case and assisting and abetting, together with misdemeanors, in connection with the Capitol attack. He’s likewise implicated of smoking cigarettes cannabis inside a hideaway workplace of Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore.

” I didn’t understand it was a senator’s desk,” Fellows stated. “It felt extremely comfortable.”

Fellows stated he thought he was combating “the corrupt federal government” on Jan. 6, however he stated he didn’t participate in violence himself, even if he supported it. Fellows stated he thought some violence on Jan. 6 was more suitable to more violence down the line.

” It’s individuals’s home,” Fellows stated. “We deserved to topple it.”

After the jury left the courtroom for a time-out Tuesday early morning, U.S. District Judge Trevor McFadden stated he thought Fellows had actually surrendered his right to participate in a counterclaim due to the fact that, when he responded to the concerns throughout the federal government’s interrogation, he used a running commentary and prevented addressing yes-or-no concerns.

” I would anticipate absolutely nothing less from a kangaroo court,” Fellows mentioned as he came off the witness stand.

According to court documents Brandon Fellows is photographed sitting in Sen. Jeff Merkley's office at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.
According to court files, Brandon Fellows was photographed being in Sen. Jeff Merkley’s workplace at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

McFadden, whom President Donald Trump selected, has actually slammed the federal government’s technique to some Jan. 6 cases and has actually frequently distributed sentences far listed below those asked for by the federal government.

The jury ended up hearing proof at midday Tuesday after Fellows’ statement. Jury guidelines happened Tuesday afternoon, followed by closing arguments.

After closing arguments, McFadden held Fellows in criminal contempt of court and sentenced him to 5 months in jail, to start after the trial ends.

The jury is arranged to resume considerations Wednesday.

About 1,100 individuals have actually been charged in connection with the Jan. 6 attack, and more than 300 accuseds have actually been sentenced to durations of imprisonment. Today, another federal judge will sentence 5 members of the Proud Boys, 4 of whom were founded guilty of seditious conspiracy. The federal government is looking for sentences of 33 years for 2 of the accuseds– Enrique Tarrio and Joseph Biggs– and sentences of 30 years for Zachary Rehl, 27 years for Ethan Nordean and 20 years for Dominic Pezzola, the sole accused who wasn’t founded guilty of the leading seditious conspiracy charge.

Ryan J. Reilly

Ryan J. Reilly is a justice press reporter for NBC News.

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