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Feds back away from claim of assassination plot at Capitol

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Posted at 11:55 AM, Jan 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-15 18:58:44-05

PHOENIX (AP) — Prosecutors who initially said there was “strong evidence” the pro-Trump mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol last week aimed to “capture and assassinate elected officials” have backed away from that allegation. The withdrawal of the claim came after the head of the investigation cautioned that there was no “direct evidence” of such intentions. The accusation came in a court filing by prosecutors in the case against Jacob Chansley, the Arizona man who participated in the insurrection while sporting face paint, no shirt and a furry hat with horns. Prosecutor Todd Allison struck the assassination claim from a court filing, but said it may very well end up being appropriate at Chansley’s trial.