Judge Accuses Jacob ‘QAnon Shaman’ Chansley’s Lawyer of Possible ‘Subterfuge’ After TV Debut on ’60 Minutes’ Backfires

Jacob Chansley, the QAnon Shaman, is seen in a Feb. 4, 2021 mugshot released by the Alexandria, Va. Detention Center.

The day after his first post-arrest television interview, Jacob “QAnon Shaman” Chansley found his words turned against him by federal prosecutors at a bail hearing on Friday afternoon, as a federal judge appeared taken aback that the appearance took place without his authorization.

“Can you tell me how that came about?” Senior Judge Royce Lamberth asked, pressing Chansley’s lawyer Albert Watkins on whether his law firm used “subterfuge” to skirt jailhouse restrictions.

Watkins denied any intent to end-run the court or the detention facility’s restrictions.

“It didn’t occur to me that I wouldn’t be able to capture the video image
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