Americans who breached the Capitol on January 6, 2021 are still making the news in various capacities.
The congressional January 6 committee has also been investigating what happened on this day and the events leading up to it. However, the commission has come under scrutiny by Republicans who view it as biased and politically motivated.
At this time, GOP members also expressed that should they take back the power in Congress, a GOP commission will be put in place. Many conservatives hold questions about levels of security, along with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s conduct, on January 6.
However, in a recent turn of events, a man from North Carolina is paying the consequences for his involvement in the Capitol riots, per Newsmax.
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Matthew Mark Wood, due to his conduct on January 6, is facing a felony obstruction charge, along with five different misdemeanors.
Wood is from North Carolina and on January 5, 2021, he drove to the nation’s capital from his home state. Court filings review that Wood sent text messages about raiding Congress and taking a stand.
“If they want to raid Congress, sign me up, I’ll be brave heart in that bitch!
Matthew Mark Wood has pleaded guilty to felony obstruction and five misdemeanor charges. He was the 10th person in the window, per feds. pic.twitter.com/UodpgmNfUX
— Ryan J. Reilly (@ryanjreilly) May 27, 2022
During the riot on the 6th, the North Carolina man climbed within Capitol Hill through a window, approached the Senate, but ultimately didn’t enter the building. Wood, did, however, enter the office of the House Speaker before leaving the Capitol.
In the aftermath of the riot and his participation in it, Wood appeared to have second thoughts. Court filings have uncovered text messages that show Wood saying he can’t believe he was part of the riot.
Eventually, later in 2021, Wood was ultimately arrested for his actions at Capitol Hill.
What Helped to Sink Wood?
After breaking and entering into the Capitol, Wood took to social media to defend his actions. This certainly played a role in prosecutors being able to effectively build a case against him.
On Facebook, the North Carolina man boasted about “standing up” and “doing something,” saying others can stay seated if they so choose.
Wood would also go on to claim “the system” is stacked against folks like him before expressing that “necessary revolts” have occurred before in the United States.
Matthew Wood also admitted entering Nancy Pelosi’s conference room, per feds. Like many defendants, he also claimed he was "pushed” inside by the mob (even though video shows otherwise).
Wood’s affidavit and indictment available here: https://t.co/urfyG0Rvpq
— Ryan J. Reilly (@ryanjreilly) August 3, 2021
Needless to say, with these sorts of posts on his social media accounts, federal authorities essentially received a slam-dunk case.
Another thing that sealed Wood’s fate was his confession via social media to entering the conference room of the House Speaker.
Of course, video footage of the incident has corroborated Wood’s presence and willing participation in what happened on January 6, 2021.
What are your thoughts about the January 6 rioters who are being held accountable by law enforcement for their actions at the nation’s Capitol? Let us know your views about these folks bragging via social media about their participation in the riots.