Capitol ‘rioters’ beg Trump for pardon as FBI come knocking

Barney Davis
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<p>Trump supporters breach the US Capitol</p> (Reuters)

Trump supporters breach the US Capitol

(Reuters)

A real estate broker who took a private jet to Washington to join the Capitol Riots is begging Donald Trump for a pardon after her home was raided by the FBI.

Jenna Ryan, documented her journey from Texas to the Capitol building on Facebook, said as she was arrested today: “We all deserve a pardon.”

“I’m facing a prison sentence,” she told CBS11. “I think I do not deserve that.”

Looking straight into the camera, she said: “I would ask the president of the United States to give me a pardon.”

Thousands of supporters of US president Donald Trump stormed the Capitol on January 6 as congress was meeting to vote to affirm president-elect Joe Biden’s election win. Five people died in the ensuing mayhem.

Law enforcement officials across America have been working to locate and arrest suspects who committed federal crimes, and so far have brought nearly 100 cases in federal court and the District of Columbia Superior Court.

Ms Ryan claimed she had been “displaying my patriotism”, adding: “I listen to my president who told me to go to the Capitol.”

Unfortunately, Ms Ryan left a lot of evidence of her day in Washington on social media, that authorities submitted into court.

“We’re gonna go down and storm the Capitol,” Ms Ryan said in a video posted to Facebook. “They’re down there right now and that’s why we came and so that’s what we are going to do. So wish me luck.”

During a live Facebook video at the scene of the incursion, Ryan stated: “We are going to f***ing go in here. Life or death, it doesn’t matter. Here we go.”

She climbed the steps of the Capitol, then promoted her real estate business to camera: “Y’all know who to hire for your realtor. Jenna Ryan for your realtor.”

Ryan posted on Twitter: “We just stormed the Capital [sic]. It was one of the best days of my life.”

Far-right media personality Tim Gionet, who calls himself “Baked Alaska”, was also arrested by the FBI for his involvement in the riot at the US Capitol.

Gionet posted video that showed Trump supporters in “Make America Great Again” and “God Bless Trump” hats milling around and taking selfies with officers in the Capitol, who calmly asked them to leave the premises.

The Trump supporters talked among themselves, laughed, and told the officers and each other: “This is only the beginning.”

Later, it emerged that a Missouri woman has been charged with taking a splintered name plate belonging to US house speaker Nancy Pelosi during the riot.

Emily Hernandez, of Sullivan, was charged with with five counts, including disorderly conduct that impedes the conduct of government business and the stealing or disposing of government property.

She had not been arrested as of early Saturday afternoon, according to court documents.

According to the FBI, the agency received online tips from at least three people identifying Hernandez as the person seen in TV news footage holding up up a broken piece of wood engraved with the words “House” and “Nancy” during the January 6 storming of the Capitol.