A Frisco, Texas real estate agent charged with storming the U.S. Capitol during last month’s failed coup now admits that former President Donald Trump lied to her about the 2020 election being stolen.
According to a criminal complaint, Jenna Ryan, who took a private jet to the riot, is charged with one count of knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority and one count of disorderly conduct on capitol grounds.
In a new interview with the Washington Post, Ryan expressed regret for her actions and said she was duped into believing something that simply wasn’t true.
“I bought into a lie, and the lie is the lie, and it’s embarrassing,” she said. “I regret everything.”
Ryan quickly drew the attention of law enforcement officials when she posted a video of herself on social media talking about storming the Capitol on January 6th.
“We’re gonna go down and storm the capitol,” Ryan declared in a video shortly before storming the Capitol. “They’re down there right now and that’s why we came and so that’s what we are going to do. So wish me luck.”
Ryan later insisted that she stormed the Capitol because she believed she was carrying out Trump’s orders.
“I listen to my president who told me to go to the Capitol,” she said in an interview shortly after the riots. “I was displaying my patriotism while I was there and I was just protesting and I wasn’t trying to do anything violent.”
She also said at the time that she deserved a pardon from the then-outgoing president because she was doing her “patriotic duty” at his behest.
“I would like a pardon from the President of the United States,” Ryan said in a Friday interview with KTVT-TV in Dallas/Ft. Worth. “I think that we all deserve a pardon; we — I’m — I’m facing a prison sentence. Um — I think that I do not deserve that, and I think every person — you know — from what I understand — everyone’s going to be arrested that was there. So, I would — I think everyone deserves a pardon and I would ask the President of the United States to give me a pardon.”