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Iced Earth’s Jon Schaffer Facing Extradition To D.C. For His Role In U.S. Capitol Building Riot


Word has come in from Indiana Public Media that Iced Earth guitarist Jon Schaffer will be extradited to D.C. to face the six federal charges leveled against him following his involvement in the U.S. Capitol Building riot that took place on January 06th.

Schaffer waived his preliminary hearing this week and will soon be extradited to D.C. in turn. Schaffer turned himself into the authorities in his native Indiana last weekend after being sought by both the FBI and the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia for his role in the riot. He will remain in custody in Marion County Jail until being transferred.

The U.S. Department Of Justice allege that Schaffer had used bear spray on Capitol Police during the riot, providing surveillance footage in this statement of facts. The charges Schaffer currently faces include:

  • 1) Knowingly Entering or Remaining in any Restricted Building or Grounds Without Lawful Authority
  • 2) Disrupting the Orderly Conduct of Government Business
  • 3) Knowingly Engaging in an Act of Physical Violence Against any Person or Property in any Restricted Building or Grounds
  • 4) Violent Entry and Disorderly Conduct in a Capitol Building
  • 5) Engaging in an Act of Physical Violence in a Capitol Building
  • 6) Parading, Demonstrating, or Picketing in a Capitol Building

Schaffer was photographed wearing an ‘Oath Keepers’ ballcap—an organization who the U.S. Department Of Justice have categorized as a ‘militia of former law enforcement and military personnel.’ That organization has also been declared an extremist antigovernment group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Iced Earth and Schaffer‘s Demons & Wizards side project have both disappeared from the roster of their label home of Century Media in the wake of his involvement in the riots. His Iced Earth bandmates have also publicly condemned the riots.

Schaffer previously discussed his extremist right-wing views in an interview with to German media outlet Die Welt conducted this past November during a rally protesting the results of the U.S. Presidential election. In that video interview, Schaffer stated:

“My name is Jon Schaffer. I’m from Indiana. A group of thugs and criminals hijacked this country a long time ago. Now they’re making their big move, and it’s not gonna happen. And that’s what it is. These are globalists. These are the scum of the earth. These are the criminals that are behind all the fraudulent fee on currency, they’re behind all the wars, they’re behind all the shit.

They’re behind divide-and-conquer tactics, behind the racial divide. It’s all nonsense, it’s all garbage. People need to wake up and snap out of the matrix, because they’re going down. They’ve made the move. They’re messing with the wrong people here—trust me on that. And we needed it to be open like this—open fraud, open theft. Because now we see you, and you’re going down. Mark my words.”

He later continued:

“I think this goes beyond President Trump. President Trump is a populist. He’s not your typical Republican. He’s not establishment. He’s not going out starting wars all over the place, like they do. Which is funny—where are all the Democrats that were anti-war? There’s so much hatred for Trump, it’s just ridiculous. He’s dealing with a criminal mafia that has been in the shadows running the world, frankly, for a very long time.

They wanna destroy all of our sovereignty and bring about global government. We’re not having it. We can still do business together, the countries can still be at peace, but we’re not gonna merge into some globalist, communist system. It will not happen. There will be a lot of blood shed, if it comes down to that—trust me. The American people will not go for that bullshit once they understand what’s actually happening. So, that’s where we’re at. Nobody wants this, but they’re pushing us to a point where we have no choice.”

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