The U.S. Justice Department said that Couy Griffin, a New Mexico county commissioner, was arrested in Washington on charges related to the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol
In an interview with FBI agents, Couy Griffin confirmed that he was present at the riot, according to a federal affidavit. Griffin allegedly said in a video posted to the Cowboys for Trump Facebook page that he “climbed up on the top of the capitol building and … had a first-row seat,” the affidavit says.
In the now-deleted video, he allegedly said: “You want to say that that was a mob? You want to say that was violence? No sir. No Ma’am. No we could have a 2nd Amendment rally on those same steps that we had that rally yesterday. You know, and if we do, then it’s gonna be a sad day, because there’s gonna be blood running out of that building. But at the end of the day, you mark my word, we will plant our flag on the desk of Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer and Donald J. Trump if it boils down to it.”
According to court documents, Griffin told investigators that he was “caught up” in the crowd, which pushed its way through the barricades and entered the restricted area of the U.S. Capitol, but he said he did not enter the building and instead remained on the U.S. Capitol steps.
Federal official said that Griffin’s placement, as documented in several videos shared on Facebook, were “well within the restricted area” of the Capitol building, according to the affidavit.
Griffin also told federal officials that he planned to travel to Washington, D.C. again for a rally on Jan. 20, 2021. He told FBI agents that “he hopes a change in leadership can be accomplished ‘without a single shot being fired,’ but noted that there was ‘no option that’s off the table for the sake of freedom,’” according to the affidavit.
On Thursday, Griffin, said he planned to travel with firearms to Washington, D.C., for Biden’s inauguration.
“I’m gonna be there on Jan. 20 … and I’m gonna take a stand for our country and for our freedoms,” Griffin said during a meeting of the Otero County Board of Commissioners.
“I’m gonna leave either tonight or tomorrow. I’ve got a .357 Henry Big Boy rifle lever action that I’ve got in the trunk of my car and I’ve got a .357 single action revolver, the Colt Ruger Vaquero that I’ll have underneath the front seat on my right side and I will embrace my Second Amendment,” he said.
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