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‘Cowboys for Trump’ leader held in solitary confinement on charge stemming from U.S. Capitol riot

WASHINGTON, DC — The jailed leader of Cowboys for Trump has been held in solitary isolation for two weeks as he refuses to take a coronavirus test and has rejected initial offers to speak with an attorney or judge following his arrest in connection with the Jan. 6 siege on the U.S. Capitol, according to court records.

Couy Griffin, an Otero County commissioner from southern New Mexico and founder of a horseback-riding group of Donald Trump promoters, has been charged by federal prosecutors with knowingly entering the Capitol grounds with the intent to disrupt government business.

He was arrested later on Jan. 17 as he returned to Washington, vowing opposition to President Joe Biden’s election victory and inauguration.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Zia Faruqui has threatened Griffin with contempt of court if he fails to appear in the coming days at a detention hearing by phone or video conference. He notes that Griffin has been yelling at officers and banging on his jail cell door.

“This matter will not move forward to a detention hearing until the defendant appears," the judge wrote.

Griffin has said he wasn’t involved in violence at the U.S. Capitol and never went inside the building as he waded among throngs of Trump supporters on an outer balcony.

Federal prosecutors want Griffin to continue to be held without bail as a flight risk and danger to others, citing a history of threatening comments, racial invective, access to firearms and vows that Biden would never be president.

Faruqui says Griffin's own actions led to his solitary confinement.

“Simply taking a Covid-19 test, something hundreds of millions of people have safely done across the world, will allow the defendant to exit isolation,” the judge wrote.

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    1. The judge needs to order a 15 minute ass whipping with one of those new kevlar axe handles at the beginning of every shift change at the detention center. Little Trumpite asshole will take a covid test after two or three of those. They also need to stop up the shitter in his cell.

      1. School shooters- white
        Church shooters- white
        Car bombs- white
        Police unjustified kills- white
        Capitol rioters-white
        Vaccine line cutters- white
        Truthofthematter- WHITE

    1. JEALOUSY!!!! You shit stained bitch!

      You know? I was sitting there the other day thinking I had some fero BROWN in me… But I took a good SHIT and it was GONE! You give GOOD HISPANICS a BAD NAME fero/ZERO. TELL YOUR MAMMA THE GANG SAYS HI!

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