A man who entered the Capitol building on January 6th is now facing up to 20 years in prison, even though he says a police officer gave him permission to enter as long as he didn’t break anything:
DAILY WIRE – Brady Knowlton entered the U.S. Capitol building at 2:35 p.m. on January 6, 2021. Like hundreds of other people that day, he walked the halls of Congress — first the Rotunda, then the lobby, then the Senate chamber gallery.
A 40-year-old law student, Knowlton and a friend gained access to the Capitol through the Upper West Terrace doors. To do so, they and others passed several police officers walking in their opposite direction, according to footage and discovery materials reviewed by The Daily Wire. Knowlton told The Daily Wire that an officer said, “You can go in, as long as you don’t break anything.” He says he watched police shake hands with protestors. He broke nothing, and left after 18 minutes.
He now faces about 20 years in prison. His law degree has been withheld, his lawyers say, Airbnb has banned him and his wife, and, for reasons that remain undisclosed, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection has stripped his Global Entry access.
The FBI arrested him in April. The Department of Justice (DOJ) has charged him with obstruction of an official proceeding, entering or remaining in a restricted building or grounds, disorderly conduct in a Capitol building, and other misdemeanors.
FBI agents also raided his home and searched it. Documents obtained by The Daily Wire show they were looking for items that were not found. This included evidence “concerning the breach and unlawful entry” of the Capitol, “of any conspiracy, planning, or preparation,” Capitol “maps or diagrams,” or “materials, devices, or tools” used to breach it.
The FBI declined The Daily Wire’s request for comment.
With all of the surveillance footage taken by the FBI from the Capitol building on January 6th, it would seem prosecutors could easily verify what Knowlton is saying to be either true or false. So either Knowlton is lying about it or the FBI doesn’t care about the truth.
I know most of you will lean toward the latter, as do I. I have little trust for the FBI and DOJ after what we’ve witnessed over the last six years, especially as it relates to the arrests and detainment associated with those involved in the Capitol riot.
I believe the rioters should be prosecutor. But if Knowlton is telling the truth about the officer and his time in the Capitol, not being part of the riot, then the court should drop all the charges against him. He shouldn’t serve a day in prison.
But I have little faith that he’ll be set free. I hope I’m wrong.
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