Capitol riot defendant charged with carrying a gun allegedly suggested he was targeting Nancy Pelosi: report
Fox News hosts Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham and others on the far-right have been accusing Democrats of exaggerating the violence that occurred when Donald Trump supporters attacked the U.S. Capitol Building on January 6. And they have dismissed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's January 6 select committee as overblown political theater. But according to Politico, 56-year-old Indiana resident Mark Mazza — one of the defendants charged with bringing a gun to the Capitol that day — has implied to investigators that he would have committed violence against Pelosi had he been able to get to her.
Politico's Kyle Cheney is reporting, "An Indiana man charged with carrying a loaded firearm to the Capitol on January 6 told investigators that if he had found Speaker Nancy Pelosi, 'you'd be here for another reason,' according to court documents posted over the weekend. Mark Mazza, 56, is the latest of about half a dozen January 6 defendants charged with bringing a gun to the Capitol. In this case, Mazza allegedly carried a Taurus revolver known as 'The Judge,' which is capable of firing shotgun shells — two of which were in the chamber, along with three hollow-point bullets. A Capitol Police sergeant obtained the weapon after allegedly fending off an assault from Mazza."
On March 29, according to Cheney, two investigators from the Capitol Police went to Mazza's home in Shelbyville, Indiana, where he told them, "I thought Nan and I would hit it off. I was glad I didn't because you'd be here for another reason. And I told my kids that if they show up, I'm surrendering. Nope, they can have me, because I may go down a hero."
Former President Trump has tried to paint the Capitol rioters as largely nonviolent, but Cheney points out that in fact, a variety of things were used as weapons on January 6.
READ: 'You were gullible': Federal judge torches Trump's election lies — and a rioter who believed them
"The mounting evidence has undercut claims by former President Donald Trump and his allies that the mob attacking the Capitol was unarmed," Cheney notes. "In addition to the growing number of firearms authorities suspect were carried onto Capitol grounds, rioters brought knives, axes, batons, tasers, bats, poles and even a crutch and hockey stick. Others stole police shields and used metal barricades and furniture as makeshift weapons. But Mazza's case is the most clear-cut yet of a loaded firearm on Capitol grounds that day."
Cheney continues, "Prosecutors obtained the gun from the alleged assailant himself and used its serial number to trace it back to him. They located Mazza after learning that on January 8, Mazza himself reported the gun stolen to local authorities. He told the Shelbyville police that it was taken from his car on January 5 while he was driving through Ohio. Mazza's report was entered into a national database, which Capitol Police accessed as they attempted to find the gun's owner."
- Kevin McCarthy throws a fit after Nancy Pelosi blocks two of his ... ›
- Capitol rioter who demanded Pelosi be turned over to be lynched ... ›
- Nancy Pelosi shuts down Kevin McCarthy's attempt to put Jim ... ›
- Capitol riot defendant 'is screaming' as a judge orders her into ... ›
- 'QAnon Shaman' and other Capitol riot suspects issue apologies as ... ›
- 'I AM TALKING': Capitol riot hearing goes 'off the rails' as judge loses ... ›
- FBI transcript reveals Oath Keepers dined at Olive Garden after storming the Capitol: report - Alternet.org ›
- Prosecutors reveal a Trump ally charged in the Capitol riot may be willing to divulge valuable information - Alternet.org ›
- Capitol Police officer stands up to Mike Pence for downplaying the Jan. 6 attack - Alternet.org ›
- Nancy Pelosi on the trauma of the Capitol riots - The Washington Post ›
- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's account of the riot at the Capitol - 60 ... ›
- Oklahoman who took Nancy Pelosi's beer in Capitol riot pleads guilty ›
- More Capitol Riot defendants have ties to Oath Keepers, data leak ... ›
- Warnings of Jan. 6 violence preceded the Capitol riot - Washington ... ›
- Self-styled 'QAnon shaman' is sentenced to 41 months in Capitol riot ›