A New York DJ was arrested Tuesday after the FBI said he was seen on a Snapchat video smoking marijuana in the rotunda of the U.S. Capitol by supporters of then-President Donald Trump during the Jan. 6 riot.
“Holy s —! This is history! We took the Capitol!” A man believed to be a DJ Greg Rubenacker said on a Snapchat video that Rubenacker’s account posted during the invasion, according to a federal prosecutor’s complaint.
“Smoke the Capitol, baby,” says Rubenacker, standing in front of a camera in a subsequent video while he “smokes what looks like a marijuana cigarette (or” joint “),” while he and other people do that The Rotunda Mill occupied an FBI agent wrote in the complaint.
“Hell yes,” says Rubenacker, before exhaling smoke into the rotunda after one of his colleagues said: “How many joints do we have?” the complaint says.
The file states that a witness filed a recording of the Snapchat story that Rubenacker posted from his account.
The complaint contains stills of Rubenacker smoking a joint and smoking a blue steamer.
“In an interview with the FBI, the witness stated that he had seen the Snapchat story and that he knew the person depicted in the videos as Greg Rubenacker from New York,” the file said.
“The witness stated [they] had known Rubenacker for several years and had gone to school with Rubenacker. “
Rubenacker, who lives in Farmingdale, Long Island, appeared on videoconference Tuesday afternoon at the U.S. District Court in Central Islip, New York, on charges of misdemeanors related to disorderly behavior in the Capitol and demonstrations in a Capitol building.
Rubenacker was warned several times by his own defense attorney to stop speaking during a break in the hearing when both could still be heard on a phone line open to reporters.
“It’s really frustrating,” said Rubenacker once. “Tired of government corruption.”
His lawyer Michaelangelo Matera reprimanded him, saying, “This is not the time to talk about the case.”
“Trying to protect the country,” Rubenacker continued.
He later asked Judge Steven Locke, “Can I take my mask off?” Locke noticed that there were other people in the room with him and declined the request.
When Locke went through a set of conditions that Rubernacker had to adhere to when he was released on an unsecured loan of $ 50,000, the defendant said, “Is there any way I can get a list of these?”
“My memory is not that good. You say a lot,” added Rubenacker.
Locke assured him that he would receive the release conditions in writing.
The case against Rubenacker was filed in federal court in Washington, as have other criminal cases against dozens of other people charged with the riot which resulted in five deaths, including a Capitol police officer.
Future proceedings in this case will take place in Washington.
A woman who answered the phone in Rubenacker’s apartment hung up on a CNBC reporter when asked to comment.
Rubenacker’s indictment came during the opening arguments of Trump’s second impeachment trial in the Senate.
Trump was charged by the House of Representatives last month for instigating the uprising of his supporters.
Just before the violence began outside and in the Capitol complex, Trump called a large crowd to rally outside the White House to help him get Congress to effectively overthrow Joe Biden’s election as president.
The uprising disrupted an ongoing joint congressional session that officially confirmed Biden’s victory.
For months, Trump refused to admit that he lost the election to Biden, making unfounded claims that he won the election himself and that this widespread electoral fraud got him out of that victory.