Jacob Chansley, known as the “QAnon Shaman” and a prominent figure in the January 6 insurrection, is requesting the return of his iconic horned headdress from the FBI, according to the Daily Beast.
Chansley gained notoriety for his distinctive Viking hat, fur, and horns during the pro-Trump Capitol mob incident in 2021, with his headdress becoming a symbol of the insurgency.
The FBI seized Chansley’s headdress and belongings when he surrendered, claiming it as evidence. Despite serving 27 months in prison for his role, Chansley argues that there’s no justification for the government to keep the headdress, stating, “The case is over, so there’s no reason for them to continue holding onto it.”
Now on probation, Chansley desires to wear the headdress at future campaign events. His attorney, Bill Shipley, questions the government’s reasons for retaining it, citing “shifting excuses.”
Chansley has embraced his notoriety by selling “America’s Shaman” T-shirts on his website, featuring the distinctive headdress.
Despite pleading guilty and expressing regret for his involvement in the Capitol attack, he later voiced dissatisfaction with his guilty plea upon release from prison, 14 months ahead of schedule.
“Regrets only weigh down the mind,” Chansley told the BBC. “They’re like sandbags on a hot air balloon.”
Chansley, who could have faced up to 20 years for obstruction charges, moved into a halfway house for two months after his release in March 2023.
In November, according to Business Insider, the self-proclaimed shaman expressed a desire to pursue a congressional seat. Despite being a convicted felon and ineligible to vote, he is allowed to be a candidate.
He submitted preliminary documents to Arizona’s Secretary of State’s Office, indicating his intention to run as a Libertarian for the 8th congressional District.