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Lawyer Sam Shamansky seeks Trump subpoena over U.S. Capitol riots

The attorney for a Columbus man who faces misdemeanor charges for stealing a coat rack during the Jan. 6, 2021 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol has asked a federal judge to allow him to subpoena former President Donald J. Trump as a witness at his client’s trial. 

Columbus attorney Sam Shamansky said he plans on using a “public authority defense” for his client, 37-year-old Dustin Byron Thompson, of the Iuka Ravine neighborhood in the city’s University District.

“Trump and his co-conspirators concocted this ridiculous lie that our election was stolen and democracy was at stake,” Shamansky told The Dispatch. 

Attorney Sam Shamansky

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Trump supporters were led to believe that “the only way to engage was to fight like hell to disrupt the certification proceedings,” he said.

Without that message, Shamansky said, his client wouldn’t have been there.

“The proof was in the pudding. The crowd did precisely as they were instructed,” Shamansky said.

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