Man Seen Ransacking Desk in Congress for ‘Something’ to ‘Use Against These Scumbags’ on Jan. 6 Is Headed to Prison

Good to see prosecutions are still happening…

Law & Crime report

The New York man who was memorably seen rifling through papers in the Senate chamber on Jan. 6 — insisting that there must be evidence in the papers that Donald Trump supporters could “use against” lawmakers voting to certify Joe Biden’s electoral win — will spend almost two years behind bars.

Christopher Patrick Moynihan, 32, of Salt Point, was sentenced Wednesday to 21 months in prison, the Justice Department announced in a press release. He was convicted in August of obstructing an official proceeding of Congress, which carried a potential 20-year prison sentence, as well as five misdemeanors of trespass and disorderly conduct that had a combined maximum of 3 1/2 years behind bars.

U.S. District Judge Christopher R. Cooper, a Barack Obama appointee, convicted Moynihan after a stipulated trial, in which the defendant and prosecutors agreed to a specific set of facts that formed the basis of the conviction.

According to that agreed-upon set of facts, Moynihan was among a group of rioters who broke through a security perimeter on the east side of the Capitol building. He entered the building at around 2:40 p.m., almost 30 minutes after the initial breach by riotous Trump supporters angry over Biden winning the 2020 presidential election. The crowd had descended on the Capitol building as Congress had begun to certify Biden’s victory, forcing lawmakers and staffers to either flee or shelter in place for hours.

By 2:45 p.m., Moynihan was inside the Senate Gallery, which had been evacuated just moments earlier. He is seen approaching a senator’s desk and quickly rifling through a notebook. He removes papers and takes pictures with his cell phone.

“There’s gotta be something in here we can f—-ng use against these scumbags,” Moynihan said as he pawed through the papers.

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Man Seen Ransacking Desk in Congress for ‘Something’ to ‘Use Against These Scumbags’ on Jan. 6 Is Headed to Prison