QAnon Shaman Expected to Plead Guilty in DC Court Today

Jacob Anthony Chansley, 33, frequently referred to as the QAnon Shaman in the January 6 riot at the Capitol, is expected in a video teleconferenced hearing in a Washington, D.C., court today and is expected to plead guilty.

The hearing is scheduled for 11amET in U.S. District Judge Royce C. Lamberth’s court. Lamberth was appointed by Ronald Reagan, and has indicated that the defendant has made untrue statements.

“The statements defendant has made to the public from jail show that defendant does not fully appreciate the severity of the allegations against him,” and his perception of his actions “as peaceful, benign and well-intentioned shows a detachment from reality,” Lamberth wrote in an order.

Chansley’s attorney Albert Watkins would not say what his client would plead guilty to or what sentence he might face under a plea deal.

The QAnon Shaman’s attorney added in his statement that his client “has repudiated the ‘Q’ previously assigned to him” and requested to no longer be identified with the letter.

In July Chansley’s attorney said that his client had been diagnosed with transient schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression and anxiety. 

On Thursday, the attorney said Chansley’s time since the riot included introspection and “coming to grips with the need for more self-work.”

“The fact that we had a bunch of our traitors in office hunker down, put on their gas masks and retreat into their underground bunker, I consider that a win,” Chansley said on the day after the riot.

Expect updates later today on the results of the hearing.

Washington Post, NBC