‘QAnon Shaman’ Gets Early Release From Prison

Just a few weeks after Fox News host Tucker Carlson aired security footage from the Capitol of the “QAnon Shaman” that disputed the mainstream media’s narrative, the man who became the media’s symbol of the January 6 “insurrection” has been released from prison early.

Jacob Chansley, known in the media as the “QAnon Shaman,” has been released from prison early after being sentenced to 41 months in a political prosecution by the federal government in response to the January 6 Capitol protests.

The 35-year-old was released earlier this week after serving just under 27 months of his sentence, according to the report from the Daily Mail.

According to a statement to the outlet from a Bureau of Prisons spokesman, Chansley has been transferred from FCI Stafford federal prison in Arizona and is now in community confinement in the Phoenix area.

While the spokesman refused to explain a reason for the transfer, he “pointed generally to federal laws that allow for good-conduct sentence reductions, as well as release to a halfway house for the final 12 months of a sentence,” the Daily Mail reported.

Chansley’s lawyer, Bill Shipley, has confirmed his release from prison in a tweet.

The news comes just a few weeks after security footage of Chansley during the Capitol protests was aired on Fox News Channel’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight.” Carlson was given access to roughly 41,000 hours of footage by Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy (R-CA).

In the footage aired on Fox News, Chansley is seen in his infamous buffalo-horned costume walking down the hallways of the Capitol guided by Capitol Police officers. The officers are even seen trying to open locked doors to the Senate chamber for Chansley. This contradicts the left’s narrative that Chansley was part of a violent insurrection that tried to take over the Capitol building.

According to Breitbart News, “Chansley, who served in the U.S. Navy, would later say in a jailhouse interview that he regretted not knowing that he was breaking the law, trusting that because police officers were helping him, his actions were condoned.”

Despite the initial claims that Carlson’s footage helped to release Chansley, it appears that this was not the case — which has prompted some anger from critics who are frustrated that the video evidence has not yet had any effect on the January 6 prisoners’ sentences.

Meanwhile, Shipley has confirmed that the footage had nothing to do with Chansley’s release, pointing out that Chansley’s former attorney Al Watkins’ claims to the contrary are false and just an attempt by him of “continuing to deflect blame away from himself and his horrible work.”

“We have known the release date for a period of time, but kept it quiet so as to not have a crowd show up at either the BOP facility or the Halfway House,” he said in a follow-up tweet.

“Al Watkins deserves NO CREDIT nor is he absolved of his failures while representing Jake,” Shipley added.

“Judge Lamberth was limited by the videos he was provided by both sides. He didn’t know what he hadn’t seen. The fault is with one/both attorneys for not getting the information to him during the sentencing process,” the attorney further stated in another tweet.