Uh, oh. A private citizen who wishes he was president again, Donald Trump is in trouble. The strict federal Judge Emmet Sullivan quoted 45’s more recent statements and used them as one reason to hold a man who was at the Capitol on January 6 during Trump’s alleged coup. So what did the judge say?
Trump invited his extremist right-wing followers to Washington, D.C. that fateful day, revved them into a seething frenzy, then pointed the enraged mob at the Capitol Building. He said he would go with them, but he lied. Instead, he holed up at the White House and watch his action-packed TV insurrection. The ex-president could not understand why those around him did not share his enthusiasm.
It appeared that Sullivan was going to use the ex’s latest statements about the 2020 election to deny Georgian Jack Wade Whitton’s, 30, release. The man was charged with eight felonies and misdemeanors. Videos captured him “brutally” attacking the Capitol and Washington, D.C. police officers.
Jack Wade Whitton was apparently far too much of a danger to release. A video captured the Locust Grove resident:
‘[The] contractor, former CrossFit instructor [was] punching and kicking police officers and dragging a prone police officer deep into the arms of an angry mob.’
In his second attack on the police, Whitton told one of the officers, according to The Atlanta-Journal Constitution:
‘You’re going to die tonight.’
The judge said he could not release Wade, because he could not “assure the safety of the community:”
‘[T]he Court concludes that clear and convincing evidence supports a finding that no condition or combination of conditions will reasonably assure the safety of the community. Accordingly, the Court orders that Mr. Whitton be detained pending trial.’
Sullivan continued on to Trump’s statement to further support his decision, according to BNN Bloomberg. In his opinion, Judge Sullivan wrote that President Number 45 had continued to speak about a “rigged” and “stolen election,” again inciting violent people.
The federal judge added that Mr. Whitton was “willing and able to engage in extreme and terrifying levels of violence:”
‘As was true in Mr. [Jeffrey Sabol’s] case, such comments reflect the continued threat posed by individuals like Mr. Whitton, who has demonstrated that he is willing and able to engage in extreme and terrifying levels of violence against law enforcement with a chilling disregard for the rule of law and the lives of law enforcement, seemingly based on mistaken beliefs about the illegitimacy of the current administration.’
He continued with his opinion:
‘In this regard, Mr. Whitton, like Mr. Sabol, is distinguishable from other Capitol Riot defendants who displayed a dangerous distain for democracy and the rule of law on January 6, 2021, but who did not engage in violence…or who did not direct their “forceful conduct’ toward inflicting injury.”‘
Then, Judge Sullivan ordered the insurrectionist’s release order revoked:
‘Accordingly, the government’s motion for revocation of Magistrate Judge Cannon’s release order is GRANTED. Mr. Whitton shall be detained pending trial.’
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