Capitol riot lawyer asks to withdraw over ‘break down in attorney-client relationship’

An attorney for Daniel Caldwell, of Texas, says he and his client have a “philosophical disagreement” over the direction of the case.

A lawyer for a Texas man who bragged on video about pepper spraying more than a dozen officers on January 6 is asking to withdraw from the case, telling a judge there’s been a “break down in the attorney-client relationship.”

John Hunter Smith, an attorney for Wynne & Smith in Sherman, Texas, filed a motion Thursday asking U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly to allow him to withdraw from representing Daniel Caldwell in an ongoing January 6 criminal case against him.

Caldwell was arrested in February and indicted in March on seven counts, including assaulting police with a dangerous weapon and engaging in physical violence in a restricted building or grounds. According to charging documents, public video from the U.S. Capitol building on January 6 shows Caldwell using a can of chemical irritant to assault police who were attempting to hold protesters back on the Capitol steps.

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