Judge Convicts Pennsylvania Woman Who Yelled Pelosi Threats During Capitol Riots

MICHAEL KUNZELMAN Associate Press

They have named 5 members who were the instigators of the attack. Veuer’s Tony Spitz has the details.


A federal judge on Tuesday convicted a Pennsylvania restaurant owner of storming the U.S. Capitol, where she yelled at police officers to bring out then-Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi so the pro-Trump mob could hang her.

U.S. District Judge Trevor McFadden decided the case against Pauline Bauer after hearing testimony without a jury. The judge convicted her of all five charges in her indictment, including a felony charge that she obstructed the Jan. 6, 2021 joint session of Congress to certify President Joe Biden’s election victory, court documents show.

Bauer’s bench trial began last Thursday. McFadden announced the verdict from the bench. The judge will sentence her on May 1. McFadden agreed to release Bauer under certain conditions until her conviction.

In September 2021, McFadden ordered Bauer’s jail time for violating the terms of her parole. Bauer remained in custody for several months awaiting trial. The judge can give her credit for the prison sentence she has already served.

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During her first appearances in court, Bauer expressed an ideology consistent with the belief of the “sovereign citizens” extremist movement that the US government is illegitimate.

Bauer, 55, traveled from her home in Kane, Pennsylvania, to hear then-President Donald Trump speak to a crowd of his supporters at the “Stop the Steal” rally on Jan. 6. Bauer was part of the mob that forced Capitol police officers to retreat to the steps outside the doors of the East Rotunda, prosecutors said.

Bauer entered the Capitol with a friend, William Blauser, and confronted police officers guarding an entrance to the Rotunda. She yelled at police officers to “bring them out or we’re coming in,” prosecutors said.

‘They are criminals. They must hang,” Bauer yelled.

Video from a police officer’s body camera captured her yelling at the officers to “Bring Nancy Pelosi over here now.” We want to hang (her).”

She and Blauser left the Capitol about 38 minutes after they entered.

Bauer’s indictment charged her with a felony for obstructing an official proceeding. She was also charged with four misdemeanors, including entering or staying in a restricted building or area and disorderly or disruptive conduct in a Capitol building or area.

About 950 people have been charged with riot-related federal crimes at the Capitol. Nearly 500 of them have confessed. Dozens of others have been convicted after trials decided by juries or judges.

The only suspect in the Capitol riot to be cleared of all charges after a trial was a New Mexico man whose case was also decided by McFadden, a Trump nominee.

Bauer was arrested in May 2021 along with Blauser, who pleaded guilty to parading, demonstrating or protesting in a Capitol building. In February 2022, McFadden ordered Blauser to pay a $500 fine, but did not sentence him to prison or probation.

During an interview following her arrest, Bauer acknowledged that her actions angered some of her neighbors in Kane, a small town on the edge of the 517,000-acre Allegheny National Forest. But she insisted that her participation in the January 6 events had not cost her any friendships or hurt her business.

“A lot of people say they’re proud of me for standing up for my rights,” she told an Associated Press reporter during a dinner break at her restaurant, Bob’s Trading Post.

Bauer was combative with McFadden during pretrial hearings, claiming that the court has no authority over her. Bauer has said she is a “sovereign people,” not a sovereign citizen, calling herself “Pauline of the house of Bauer.” She told the judge she doesn’t want a lawyer representing her “or any lawyer from the bank.”

“I don’t recognize your bar chart, sir,” she told McFadden, who appointed a lawyer to act as her stand-by counsel.

Bauer became a punch line for Stephen Colbert’s nightly talk show on CBS. The host mocked Bauer for claiming to be a “divinely empowered entity immune to laws”.

“Divinely authorized? So she goes off unscathed, just like Jesus,” Colbert quipped. “But it does beg the question: If you were chosen by God to be above the laws of government, why do you care who’s in charge?”

Judge Convicts Pennsylvania Woman Who Yelled Pelosi Threats During Capitol Riots

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