Judge has sentenced Treniss Evans to 20 days jail in Capitol riot case. Feds argued Evans raised a megaphone while inside and declared “bring ‘em in”.. and drank whiskey in Congressional conference room

But his sentencing hearing.... was unlike any I've seen

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Evans spoke at his sentencing hearing... for nearly two hours. He was admonished by court for repeating himself, for interrupting the judge and for speaking too quickly

Among his statements: "Sure, I drank a shot of my whiskey, then.... someone else's whiskey" on Jan 6
Evans used the refrain used by so many Jan 6 defendants .. saying he was "caught up in the moment"

But some of his exchanges with judge were unique. He said, after the 2020 election, the "courts failed the people.. and Congress failed the people"

Still questioning 2020
Treniss Evans leaned in hard on his political views... saying America is tired of hearing about the investigation of January 6. He said "In January, with the new Congress, there'll be new types of investigations"

Treniss Evans blamed Black Lives Matter and Antifa for violence and said he was "appalled by the violence on January 20, 2017"

He told judge: "If you give me 10 years in prison, I'm not gonna change what I saw on social media"

He hinted at a future run for Congress

Judge Dabney Friedrich countered many of Evans' arguments.

When Evans argued "The window was destroyed before I got there"...

Friedrich questioned: "But you knew the window was broken, you didn't think that was an accident, did you?"
At times Evans cut off the judge mid-sentence. When Evans said "How would we have known the (Capitol) was restricted?" on Jan 6...

The judge responded: "Well there were alarms blaring!"
Evans complained of a "two-tiered" justice system, referenced comments by Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX).. hinted at a future political run some more

Several times Evans alleged police were taking selfies & exchanging hugs with people in the mob
Evans said, several times, that he drove "1500 miles" to get to DC on Jan 6, after having canvassed in Georgia. He said there was never violence at the "Stop the Steal" rallies he'd attended. And said he sang the national anthem 5-7 times aloud in DC on Jan 6

At one point of Evans' remarks, the judge responded: "What you say doesn't ring true"

After the lengthy, at times political, remarks.. Treniss Evans was unable to avoid a jail sentence. 20 days jail, $5000 fine, 3-years probation
The Justice Dept was seeking 60-days jail. So this strategy didn’t noticeably hurt Evans

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