Jenna Ryan, who admitted to taking a private plane to D.C. to participate in the rally that led to a mob of Trump supporters storming the U.S. Capitol, reached out to her over 19,000 Twitter followers and asked for donations to her legal defense.
Ryan turned herself in to authorities a week after the riots on Jan. 6. She has since been charged with “knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority” and “disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.”
On Jan. 21, she tweeted, “I am accepting donations to pay legal fees and losses due to my arrest and charges by the FBI for protesting at the US Capitol. Thank you for your support. Any amount helps,” along with a link to her PayPal account.
But her tweet has since been deleted, likely due to the fact that she has been booted from PayPal’s platform.
— Gowa Borzigin (@AADC_Dallas) January 17, 2021
“PayPal has a policy to allow fundraising for legal defense purposes,” company rep Kim Eichorn told CBS News in an email. “PayPal thoroughly reviews accounts, and if we learn that funds are used for anything other than legal defense, the account will be subject to immediate closure. We can confirm that the account in question has been closed.”
After charges were filed, Ryan said that she was really hoping for a pardon from Trump.
“I think we all deserve a pardon. I’m facing a prison sentence,” she said. “I think I do not deserve that and from what I understand, every person is going to be arrested that was there, so I think everyone deserves a pardon, so I would ask the President of the United States to give me a pardon.”
On his final day in office, Trump pardoned 73 people and commuted the prison sentences of 70 other convicted felons — none of whom included the Capitol rioters.
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