Proud Boys intended to kill Mike Pence and Nancy Pelosi, FBI witness says - 2021-01-15

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F267.png Proud Boys intended to kill Mike Pence and Nancy Pelosi, FBI witness says January 15, 2021, Aila Slisco, Newsweek

An FBI witness says that members of the far-right Proud Boys had hoped to assassinate Vice President Mike Pence and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi during last week's violent storming of the U.S. Capitol.

An FBI special agent made the claim in an affidavit as part of a criminal complaint against 43-year-old Dominic Pezzola, who is accused of taking part in the riot in support of President Donald Trump's false claims that the presidential election was "stolen." Pezzola, who is also known as "Spaz," allegedly used a shield taken from a Capitol Police officer to smash a Capitol window before entering the building. An FBI witness said that the group Pezzola was with had discussed committing violent acts that went far beyond property damage.

"[The witness] stated that other members of the group talked about things that they had done during the day, and they said that anyone they got their hands on they would have killed, including Nancy Pelosi," the affidavit, which was filed Wednesday, reads. "[The witness] further stated that members of this group, which included 'Spaz,' said that they would have killed [Vice President] Mike Pence if given the chance."

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{{cite news | first = Aila | last = Slisco | title = Proud Boys intended to kill Mike Pence and Nancy Pelosi, FBI witness says | url = https://www.newsweek.com/proud-boys-intended-kill-mike-pence-nancy-pelosi-fbi-witness-says-1562062 | work = Newsweek | date = January 15, 2021 | accessdate = February 8, 2022 }}