An accused Capitol insurrectionist appeared in a shooting contest after a federal judge restricted his handling of firearms as part of his pre-trial release.
Matthew Loganbill, a firearms dealer from Missouri, also quickly divested from his gun shop, transferring ownership to a family member, after the judge suggested that the business is an asset that could be used by the government "to get its money back," the Kansas City Star reports.
During a court appearance on Friday, Assistant U.S. Attorney Tejpal Chawla told U.S. Magistrate Judge G. Michael Harvey that prosecutors recently learned Loganbill had competed in a shooting competition at his firing range on July 10. Chawla said competing in the contest appears "inconsistent" with the terms of his pre-trial release in April.
Loganbill was restricted from handling firearms, except when moving them between his businesses, a gun shop and a firing range in Lake of the Ozarks. But on Friday, Loganbill claimed he misunderstood the restriction on his pre-trial release, and said he needs to be able to handle firearms to train people. He also complained that "the government's taken away my ability to earn a living." Ultimately, the judge decided to allow Loganbill to handle firearms at his firing range, but nowhere else, and warned him that if he's formally indicted, he will not be able to handle firearms at all.
Loganbill is being represented by a public defender because he says he can't afford a private attorney, since the government seized a computer with his financial records. But after the judge recently suggested that his businesses are an asset that could be used to recoup the costs of the public defender, Loganbill quickly divested from the businesses.
"I am obviously concerned that he disposed of the asset after he was arrested," Chawla said, adding that the government may want to follow up on the issue.
Loganbill was arrested in January after two people tipped off the FBI about his social media posts indicating he participated in the insurrection. The tipsters described Loganbill as "a hothead who is angry because COVID-19 restrictions had impacted his business," and said he "was extremely immersed in the paramilitary lifestyle, viewed himself as a patriot, and likely felt his actions at the Capitol on January 6, 2021, were justified."
Loganbill told FBI agents he was unaware that the Capitol was a restricted area, and only brought a gas mask and helmet because he feared "antifa would infiltrate" the protest.
"Loganbill also stated he briefly spoke with one of the officers at the U.S. Capitol and told the officer 'we came peacefully this time,' but that 'it would be different if we have to come again, or words to that effect," according to an affidavit.
Loganbill faces charges of obstructing a congressional proceeding, unlawfully entering a federal building and disorderly conduct.
'Kraken' lawyer Sidney Powell gets schooled after claiming ‘hundreds’ of Jan. 6 attackers are in jail
Sidney Powell revealed Sunday that she will be joining the legal team helping "hundreds" of Jan. 6 attackers who are currently in prison and asked for money to support them.
Sidney Powell is going to join a group of attorneys to help defend the "hundreds" of J6 offenders currently in pris… https://t.co/t5vR50sPvD— M & M Enterprises (@M & M Enterprises) 1627240641.0
The problem, however, is that there aren't "hundreds" of people in jail for the Jan. 6 insurrection. Far from it, in fact. BuzzFeed justice reporter Zoe Tillman explained, there are just 66 in custody, with a few waiting for a detention hearing. A whopping 478 were allowed to go home awaiting trial.
My stats as of this morning on the status of Jan. 6 defendants: - 66 in custody (a few are new arrests waiting for… https://t.co/ynBAJvGJci— Zoe Tillman (@Zoe Tillman) 1627310831.0
It's unclear the degree to which Jan. 6 attackers are willing to accept Powell's help as she failed to win so many lawsuits around the 2020 election for former President Donald Trump. She and ally Lin Wood are both facing sanctions in Michigan for what some said was a reckless filing filled with inaccuracies.
Even Wood accused Powell of putting his name on court documents without his authorization.
South Carolina Republican Congressman Ralph Norman on Monday morning warned of "massive revolts" across the country if mask mandates are reinstated amid the ongoing resurgence of COVID-19 cases due to the Delta variant.
During an appearance on NewsMax, Norman — who was recently fined $500 for not wearing a mask on the House floor — also said he believes the Biden administration will soon somehow mandate COVID-19 vaccinations. And he called House Speaker Nancy Pelosi a "dictator" for rejecting Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy's picks for a select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection.
"I don't think they're going to take it well," Norman said when asked how he thinks people will react if the CDC again recommends that people wear masks in public places, regardless of whether they're vaccinated. "I think you can see massive revolts against doing this, particularly with this administration and being so hypocritical in other areas. I think they'll revolt against it."
"What will be interesting is when board an airplane, whether people are gonna decide they want to do it or not, or risk being thrown off the plane," he added. "But it's going to be massive. This is part of their strategy to do this. Where is the commission to find out where it (COVID-19) really came from? Does anybody believe it was from a bat in a wet market? No, this is from a foreign country, China, which we think, a lot of us think, they're putting this out on America because they despise America, they're a communist country."
Asked about the threat of a federal "vaccine mandate" if the FDA gives permanent approval to COVID-19 vaccines, Norman responded: "What I'm hearing is they'll probably try it. You know, we've got freedom in this country to choose whether we get vaccinated or not. I got vaccinated. But the same thing on the mask. Most of the doctors I talked with say masks do no good. This is another scare tactic that I think this administration is using, and I think they probably will (require vaccines) at some point."
Norman went on to claim it would be "hypocritical" to require vaccines since they are not required of undocumented people crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.
"The bottom line is this is a choice we ought to be able to make, and it shouldn't be dictated by the government, by Nancy Pelosi," he said.
He continued his attacks on Pelosi when asked whether he believes the select committee investigating the insurrection will be "bipartisan and fair."
"Absolutely not," Norman responded. "She's picking who she wants because she's picking people who are known to have a dislike for Donald Trump. She wants to keep all the focus on Donald Trump for midterms, and that's what will happen, instead of solving problems in this country. She is a dictator. The thought of her picking all the members. I hope Kevin McCarthy will stick to his guns on this. There's no reason to take part in this investigation. This is a dog-and-pony show. The only thing that matters to this administration is power, and that's what they're trying to maintain."
Ralph Norman on NewsMax www.youtube.com
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