(NewsGlobal.com)- In a court filing submitted over the weekend, prosecutors in one Jan. 6 case argue that the newly-released surveillance footage aired on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” that showed Jacob Chansley being escorted by a Capitol Police officer only accounts for about 4 minutes of the nearly one hour Chansley was inside the Capitol and did not include any of the footage damaging to Chansely.
Prosecutors from the trial of Proud Boys member Dominic Pezzola, who was sentenced for his involvement in the January 6 riot, argue that Carlson’s footage took place between 2:56 pm and 3:00 pm on the day of the riot despite Chansley breaching the police line and entering the building at 2:09 pm.
Last week, Attorneys for Pezzola filed a mistrial and/or dismissal motion based on the surveillance footage aired on “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”
However, according to prosecutors, all of the footage, except for one 10-second clip, played on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” was disclosed to both Pezzola’s and Chansley’s lawyers “by September 24, 2021,” the filing read. The other 10-second clip was later produced during global discovery to all defense lawyers on January 23 of this year.
According to Politico reporter Kyle Cheney, Jacob Chansley’s attorney would not have received this footage before accepting the plea deal, but his attorney would have had this footage long before Chansley was sentenced in November 2021, so his attorney could have revoked the plea deal “if it seemed material.”
In the filing, Justice Department prosecutors dispute Carlson’s characterization of Chansley’s time in the Capitol. While they conceded that it is true that a single officer walked with Chansley to try and “deescalate the situation,” prosecutors argued that the officer was not a “passive, chaperoned observer” during the hour Chansley was in the Capitol.
Prosecutors noted in their filing that the footage aired did not include the footage showing Chansley refusing to be escorted out by the officer or that he only left the Capitol after other Capitol Hill officers arrived to “forcibly” escort him out of the building.