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Former California police chief seeks to defend himself in Jan 6 riot case

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WASHINGTON, Oct 14 (Reuters) – A former California police chief linked to a right-wing militia who faces felony costs associated to the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riot on Thursday requested a federal choose listening to his case to enable him to symbolize himself.

U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth, listening to the request from Alan Hostetter, 56, former police chief in La Habra, CA, mentioned he believed that if defendants symbolize themselves, “they have a fool for a client.”

But the choose mentioned he was “not going to deny” Hostetter the best to symbolize himself. Lamberth indicated he would grant the movement by way of written order after receiving an affidavit from Hostetter.

Hostetter advised the choose he needed to expose what he described as “the corruption of this investigation” by the FBI into the Jan. 6 riot. He famous that conservative web site “Revolver News” had alleged that FBI informants had been embedded in militia teams alleged to have been concerned in organizing the riot.

Hostetter is considered one of six California males related to the Three Percenters militia charged in June with conspiracy associated to the Capitol violence that left 5 lifeless.

Founded in 2008, the loosely organized Three Percenters take their identify from the concept solely 3% of American colonists took up arms in opposition to the British in the 18th century American Revolution.

More than 650 individuals have been charged with participating in the assault, an unsuccessful try to cease Congress from certifying Democratic President Joe Biden’s election victory, which Trump falsely claimed was the results of widespread fraud.

Prosecutors alleged in an indictment that Hostetter based a bunch in 2020 known as the American Phoenix Project that protested restrictions on public gatherings imposed as a public well being measure through the COVID-19 pandemic.

That group turned a platform to advocate violence in opposition to authorities leaders, the indictment alleges.

Reporting by Mark Hosenball; Editing by Nick Macfie

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