January 6

Pastor who shouted ‘mission accomplished’ at Capitol riot is arrested and charged by the FBI

U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia

An Ohio pastor was arrested this Wednesday on charges related to the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, Yahoo! News reports.

Bill Dunfee was charged with interfering with a law enforcement officer during a civil disorder and obstruction of an official proceeding, in addition to five misdemeanors. He is the pastor of New Beginnings Ministries Church in Warsaw and reportedly used his ministry to push conspiracy theories about the 2020 election.

From Yahoo! News:

According to the criminal complaint, Dunfee spoke about the election during a sermon on Dec. 27, 2020, saying, “The Government, the tyrants, the socialists, the Marxists, the progressives, the RINOs, they fear you. And they should. Our problem is we haven’t given them reason to fear us.”

Dunfee added, “As I said earlier in another previous sermon is this: They used to tell us, you know what, you settle your differences at the ballot. How did that work out for us? It’s not over.”

The Justice Department alleges that Dunfee illegally entered the Capitol grounds with a bullhorn that he used to say, “We are taking our house.” As some of the insurrectionists dispersed on the afternoon of Jan. 6, Dunfee told them, “Mission accomplished,” and replied “Hallelujah” to a fellow rioter who said, “We did it, we shut ’em all down. We did our job.”

In a church sermon from May of last year, Dunfee said, “We show up January 6th at the Capitol Building right? To let it be known that we are not going to stand back and let an election be stolen. That we are going to hold our legislators accountable, and so on and so forth? And what did that get us? Huh? We are all deemed what? Huh? Bunch of terrorists, right?”

“I can tell you, having been there [at the Capitol], that um, we were surrounded by patriots,” Dunfee added. “Many, many, many, many patriots. And I thank God they showed up to just to let it be known, that you know, what the bottom line is this, that you are not stealing this election. You’re not going to rob us, deprive us of a democracy, of a republic, without us being heard.”

Read the full report over at Yahoo! News

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