‘WalkAway’ founder Brandon Straka, who spoke at a Jan. 5 “Stop the Steal” rally in Washington — and has since pleaded guilty for joining the protesters that entered the grounds of the U.S. Capitol the next day — has provided investigators with information they say “may impact the government’s sentencing recommendation.”
Politico reports that Straka, one of the few Jan. 6 defendants who is also of interest to congressional investigators, has cooperated with prosecutors in a substantive way.
He was one of just two speakers at rallies on Jan. 5th and the next day. Investigators said he is criminally charged for his role in the Capitol protests. Owen Shroyer and Alex Jones also faces misdemeanor charges in the case. Though evidence shows Jones telling the crowd to not fight the police and go to the front of the Capitol where he said they had a permit.
Straka pleaded guilty in October to a single misdemeanor charge and was set to be sentenced next week. But prosecutors have asked for a 30-day sentencing delay so that his new evidence “can be properly evaluated.”
Straka was among a long list of people that the Jan. 6 select committee in the House has inquired about. He appears on a list the panel sent to the National Archives seeking records from the Trump White House.
In an FBI affidavit filed in January, investigators said Straka posted a 58-minute video on Jan. 7 describing his movements the day before.
“The plan was always to go to the Capitol. We were going to march from that event … to the Capitol, and there was going to be another rally. I was one of the speakers slated to speak at the Capitol,” Straka said in the video.
In another eight-minute video prosecutors obtained, Straka can be seen approaching the Capitol on Jan. 6, saying “We’re going in.” (seen at the 0.45-second mark in video below).
“As the crowd in front of him tried to push their way into the entrance of the U.S. Capitol, STRAKA yelled, ‘Go! Go!'” prosecutors said in a description of the video. Straka later urged members of the crowd to take a riot shield from a nearby police officer. The video ends with Straka at the top of the Capitol steps.” investigators said.
Note: Video title by the poster, not us.