'QAnon Shaman' Claims He Wasn't Attacking The Country In First Interview Since Capitol Riot Arrest

Thursday, March 4th 2021, 4:00 pm
By: CBS News

Speaking for the first time from jail, the man known as the "QAnon Shaman" told 60 Minutes+ correspondent Laurie Segall he doesn't think his actions during the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol were an attack on the nation.

"No, they were not, ma'am. My actions were not an attack on this country. That is incorrect. That is inaccurate, entirely," Jacob Chansley said in an excerpt from the interview that aired on "CBS This Morning."

Video allegedly showed Chansley on the Senate floor during the insurrection, bare-chested and wearing a fur helmet with horns. He was arrested shortly after and now faces up to 20 years behind bars. A judge will hear arguments Friday on whether he should be released from jail before trial.

Describing his actions on January 6, Chansley said, "Well, I sang a song. And that's a part of shamanism. It's about-- creating positive vibrations in a sacred chamber. I also stopped people from stealing and vandalizing that sacred space, the Senate. Okay? I actually stopped somebody from stealing muffins out of the-- out of the break room. And I also said a prayer in that sacred chamber. Because it was my intention to bring divinity, and to bring God back into the Senate."

"But Jake, legally, you were not allowed to be in what you're calling the sacred chamber," Segall said to Chansley.

"And that is-- and that is the one very serious regret that I have, was believing that when we were waved in by police officers, that it was acceptable," Chansley said.

Five people died during the insurrection Chansley allegedly participated in. More than 130 officers were injured in the attack, many seriously.