The January 6th trial in DC has been recessed for the next three weeks after a defense witness, Tommy Tatum, made shocking claims that nearly derailed the proceedings.
Tatum repeatedly testified that he witnessed the murder of Rosanne Boyland by Officer Lila Morris, which stunned members of the gallery. However, Chief District Judge James Boasberg expressed his discontent with Tatum’s repeated statements, stating that he would not indulge in this make-believe.
Tatum was known to have been present at the Capitol on January 6th and was counseled by a public defender at the suggestion of the Court. The public defender advised Tatum that he would be waiving his 5th Amendment rights if he chose to testify, but Tatum proceeded anyway. US Attorneys then proceeded to grill Tatum over what some believe to be incendiary behavior on the lower west terrace that day.
During the trial, Tatum was heard saying to police in his own video, “Hey, tough guy, take their helmets!” The prosecution asked Tatum if it was his voice in the video, and Tatum admitted it was. This prompted Judge Boasberg to inquire about claims that he was there as a member of the press.
The prosecution went on to cross-examine Tatum about his views on whether the 2020 election was stolen, implying that he was there to stop the process of certification, presumably laying the groundwork for a future 1512 felony obstruction charge.
Interestingly, courtroom observer Mel Hawley reports that what appeared to be five FBI agents entered the courtroom just before Tatum testified, ominously lurking throughout his testimony, only leaving after he was dismissed.
Pro se Defendant Brian Mock then took to the stand, eager to speak in his own defense. Mock testified to his state-of-mind that day, his mostly moderate political leanings, and negative personal experiences during the 2020 George Floyd riots in his home state of Minnesota. Mock further described the circumstances surrounding each of his 4 alleged assaults on law enforcement, one of which was reduced to not include a dangerous weapon by Judge Boasberg the previous day.
Upon realizing that Mock was nowhere near finished with his testimony, Judge Boasberg declared a recess. After consulting with prosecutors and defendant Brian Mock, proceedings were scheduled to resume on July 11th.
In a post-proceeding statement to Mel Hawley, Mock said, “After over two years of this ordeal, I am happy to be able to finally state the truth about what happened on Jan 6 for the record.”