“It’s the first time I’ve ever been in the Capitol building,” he says. “Hell of a way to do it. It’s nice in here.”
Witzemann has a hearing today. facebook.com/custom.glasswa…
Here’s the criminal complaint against Witzemann. Charges are on the less serious side, very likely he’s released until trial. Lots of complex questions on this one. documentcloud.org/documents/2060…
Again, this is going to be an interesting one.
Listening to hearing. The government is not seeking detention, Witzemann will be released today.

“I’m a journalist,” Witzemann says, adding he’s trying to raise money for his legal costs.
Witzemann should be out by early afternoon. He’s got another hearing on Friday. In another sign of how overwhelmed DOJ is: An assistant U.S. attorney from New Jersey will actually prosecute the case in D.C.

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FACEBOOK MESSAGE: "They might be after us too? Idk…”

NARRATOR: They would. ImageImageImage
Investigation of Jeremy Sovisto, Sr. and his fiance Ashley Aho grew out of the investigation into Karl Dresch, who was arrested in January. Case against Sovisto just popped, documents here: documentcloud.org/documents/2060…
This is the second case I can think of off hand where a Capitol defendant confused the Capitol for the White House. Approaching trend territory. Image
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In court hearing, an attorney for Jeffrey Sabol says he has “come to terms with the mistakes that he’s made.”

Sabol, he said said, realizes his “mindset on January 6 was completely wrong” and he’d “been lied to.” Image
Sabol claimed he was “patting [an officer] on the back” and saying “we got you man” when shown a video that appeared to show him throwing punches at an officer.
In Sabol hearing, federal prosecutor seems to reference the #SeditionHunters community and shows the court a "photograph disseminated across social media" that "very quickly kicked off” the probe that led to Sabol’s arrest.

“That's what began the investigatiion,” she says. Image
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A few updates on Danny Rodriguez, aka #TaserPrick, who was arrested last week after he was indicted for electroshocking a D.C. cop on Jan. 6. huffpost.com/entry/daniel-j…
Rodriguez’s docket in the Central District of California was finally filled in this week after a judge ordered him detained and sent to D.C. Image
And a tipster send me a video they found featuring Danny Rodriguez before the Capitol attack. Someone with a high-quality camera ended up right behind Rodriquez. The video shows him trailing a known associate and using a walkie talkie to communicate. #SeditionHunters ImageImageImageImage
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So this newly discovered image from Jan. 6 might not look very important. But it is. Let me explain why.

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Citizen sleuths noted that Matthew Beddingfield, a 20-year-old North Carolina man currently out on bond in an attempted murder case, bore a striking resemblance to a Capitol rioter who was captured on video jabbing at a police line with his American flag. huffpost.com/entry/facial-r…
Jason Beddingfield, Matthew's father, previously brought his son to the "Million MAGA March" in November. Note those shoes, note the flag pole.
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My latest on the case against Jack Wade Whitton, the Trump fan who dragged a D.C. police officer down the Capitol steps by the neck. A federal magistrate judge in Georgia said he could be released, but the feds want him held until trial. #scallops huffpost.com/entry/jack-wad…
“I fed him to the people. Idk his status. And I don’t care tbh.” huffpost.com/entry/jack-wad…
This is yet another case that shows the FBI is really buried. The bureau received a solid tip on the identify of #scallops, who dragged an officer into the mob by the neck, on Jan. 17. But there’s no indication the investiation advanced until Feb. 25. huffpost.com/entry/jack-wad…
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Great piece here. Got a glimpse of how much of a role these regional Facebook groups play in certain places in a story I was working on last year. Pretty eye-opening.
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