- A defendant in Capitol riots with Proud Boys tapes said he did not feel guilty for his role in the siege.
- Josh Pruitt told CNN he has no plans to plead guilty to the eight charges he faces from Jan. 6.
- “I do not feel I have done anything wrong,” Pruitt told the newspaper.
One year after the deadly Capitol attack on January 6, 2021, an accused troublemaker said he does not feel guilty for his role in the uprising, nor does he have any plans to plead guilty.
“I do not feel like I did anything wrong,” Josh Pruitt told CNN. “But knowing the consequences that came out of it would be the part that would make me question it.”
A former self-identified proud boy, Pruitt faces eight charges in connection with his involvement in the riots, including the destruction of government property and physical violence in the Capitol Building. Prosecutors gathered a lot of photographic and video evidence against Pruitt, which shows him arguing with Capitol police officers inside the building and smashing a sign inside the Capitol crypt.
But Pruitt showed little remorse in an interview with CNN earlier this week, telling the business that he still believes former President Donald Trump lost the 2020 presidential election to President Joe Biden because of widespread voter fraud – a baseless lie that Trump promoted and discredited by several government agencies and election experts.
“I was just a patriot out there … protesting against what I believe is a stolen election,” he said. “Trying to send me to jail for this, I think, is a complete joke.”
But without plans to plead guilty, Pruitt could risk jail time – a prospect he said “worries” him.
While awaiting a trial date, Pruitt remains on probation wearing an ankle monitor and abiding by a curfew.
Last year, Pruitt told CNN that he was affiliated with the Proud Boys, an extreme right-wing extremist group whose members were out in droves during the Capitol riot, at a pro-Trump MAGA march in November 2020. Pruitt told the broadcast he found. even struggling with a group of anti-Trump protesters at the demonstration when he was suddenly surrounded by a group of proud boys giving him backup.
“I actually did not even know who the proud boys were at the time, but they saved me from being jumped,” he said.
Video of Pruitt, inaugurated in the group by leader Enrique Tarrio, later went viral.
But Pruitt told CNN this week that he no longer associates with members of the far right. Defendant also said federal prosecutors are asking him to help cooperate with other proud boys to help build the government’s numerous conspiracy cases against members of the group – a request that Pruitt said he rejected.
“I do not have anyone to throw under the bus, nor would I want to,” he told the store.
An attorney for Pruitt did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.