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CNN interview sends Proud Boy back to prison

Proud Boys and other right-wing extremists rally in Portland, Oregon, US, in August 2019. (AP file photo)

A member of the Proud Boys is going back to prison after unashamedly telling US media outlet CNN that he would take part in a protest similar to the one on Jaan. 6, 2021.

Josh Pruitt’s pretrial release was revoked after he told the media outlet that he would take part in what liberal consider an insurrection at the US Capitol in favor of former President Donald Trump.

“So you asked me if I’d do it again? I want to say yes,” Pruitt said. “I don’t feel I did anything wrong but knowing the consequences that came out of it would be the part that would make me question it.”

The Proud boy member has also been accused of violating his curfew and threatening others on social media.

According to District Judge Timothy Kelly, this is not the first time that he “has been admonished to comply with curfew and restrictions on his movement.”

“I just don’t believe that he repeatedly is out there in the middle of the night for reasons that are beyond his control,” the judge said.

The interview comes amid reports of various stances adopted by top Republican figures in regard to Trump’s role in the Jan. 6, 2021, protest, which was aimed at overturning now-President Joe Biden’s electoral victory.

According to NBC News, former acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller, who served under former President Trump, met last week with the House committee investigating the riot on that day.

Miller had previously suggested that the Republican leader was responsible for the attack on Capitol.

"Would anybody have marched on the Capitol, and tried to overrun the Capitol, without the president’s speech? I think it’s pretty much definitive that wouldn’t have happened,” he said in an interview with Vice News in March, 2021. "The question is, did he know he was enraging people to do that? I don’t know.”

New reports have revealed that House minority leader Kevin McCarthy also made similar comments about Trump less than a week after the protest by his supporters.

"I say he has responsibility," McCarthy said on a local radio station on Jan. 12 last year. "He told me personally that he does have some responsibility. I think a lot of people do."

Since Jan. 6, Democrats have been arguing that the protest by pro-Trump fans was an insurrection based on disinformation spread by the former president, who alleges that he is the true victor of the 2020 presidential election.

Trump is often cited by US media as the one inciting his supporters to storm the Congress premises in the hope of overturning the election results.

The former president has been blamed by Democrats of inciting his supporters to raid the Capital after a loss in the 2020 presidential race.

Although Trump appears to have gotten away with inciting violence and not recognizing Biden as the new president, some Democratic and Republican lawmakers are pursuing the issue to make sure pressure is maintained on the former leader.

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