Capitol rioter sent back to jail for watching Mike Lindell election fraud event, against terms of release

A man accused of leading several people who harassed a Capitol Police officer during the Jan. 6 riot is going back to jail for violating the terms of his release.

Douglas Jensen, who was seen in video footage wearing a Q-Anon shirt and was one of several people interacting with officer Eugene Goodman inside the Capitol Building, was released by a judge over the government’s objection in July, but with certain restrictions and conditions including a prohibition on using any devices to connect to the internet.

However, according to a federal prosecutor’s filing this week, Jensen was found to have violated the conditions for his release by viewing an election fraud symposium online held by MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, Buzzfeed News reported.

“A mere thirty days after his release from the D.C. Jail, defendant Douglas Jensen was found alone, in his garage, using a WiFi-connected iPhone to stream news from Rumble,” the court filing says, referencing a video platform alternative to YouTube.

Though the prosecutor did not say what Jensen was watching at that time, Buzzfeed News reported that the defendant admitted to his pretrial services officer that he watched Lindell’s two-day “cyber symposium,” in violation of his release.

Lindell has been one of the most vocal proponents of the 2020 election fraud theories, and his symposium, which was held over three days earlier this week in Sioux Falls, S.D., focused on alleged electronic and other evidence purporting to show how, in key states, ‘fraud’ tilted the 2020 presidential race away from former President Donald Trump and in favor of now-President Joe Biden.

As for Jensen, the government honed in on his self-professed following of the Q-Anon conspiracy collective in arguing to keep him locked up. But his attorney argued that after already spending six months in jail, Jensen had come to realize his errors, writing in a June court proceeding that “he feels deceived, recognizing that he bought into a pack of lies.”

In response to Jensen’s alleged violations so soon after his release, the government now says that the previous arguments by his attorney were unserious and that he can no longer be trusted to comply with the court’s instructions.

“But Jensen’s swift violation confirms what the Government and this Court suspected all along: that Jensen’s alleged disavowal of QAnon was just an act; that his alleged epiphany inside the D.C. Jail was merely self-advocacy; and that, at the end of the day, Jensen will not abandon the misguided theories and beliefs that led him to menacingly chase U.S. Capitol Police Officer Eugene Goodman up the Senate staircase on January 6, 2021,” wrote Assistant U.S. Attorney Hava Mirell.

Additionally, that Jensen was watching a vote-fraud conspiracy event in violating the terms of his release was especially “egregious,” Mirell added.

“He has proven that not even six months in jail will deter him from returning to the conspiracy theories that led him to commit an assault against a federal officer on January 6, 2021. Contrary to what Jensen claimed at his bond hearing, he is still very much bought into QAnon’s ‘pack of lies,’” the U.S. attorney added.

Dozens of people arrested for the Jan. 6 riot remain behind bars in the notorious D.C. Jail, many of whom claim through attorneys they are being badly mistreated, abused, and locked up in solitary confinement for 23 hours a day.

Jon Dougherty

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