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Ohio Man “Following Presidential Orders” Found Guilty over January 6 Insurrection

HeadlineApr 15, 2022

A jury in Washington, D.C., has found an Ohio man guilty of felony obstruction of Congress after he joined the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. Thirty-eight-year-old Dustin Thompson did not contest charges that he stole a bottle of whiskey and a coat rack from the Senate parliamentarian’s office and ran from a police officer seeking to question him. Thompson’s defense hinged on his claim that he was “following presidential orders” when he was swept up in the Capitol riot. He’s the third January 6 insurrectionist to be found guilty by a jury.

His conviction came as former senior Trump adviser Stephen Miller was questioned for eight hours Thursday by the House committee investigating the January 6 attack. Miller reportedly refused to answer questions about his conversations with Trump, claiming “executive privilege.”

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