Court filings detail a dramatic encounter between Schumer and a member of the Proud Boys on January 6

Pruitt pleaded guilty in June to a felony charge of obstructing an official process. He is due to be sentenced on Friday and prosecutors have asked that he be sentenced to five years in prison.

A filing filed over the weekend by prosecutors detailed how a Capitol Police special agent identified by his initials, ML, pulled Chuck Schumer out of his Senate chair on Jan. 6. Schumer, ML, and two other retail members drove to the basement of the Capitol in an attempt to escape the building, prosecutors say.

The New York Democrat and his detail were “squatting[ing] behind recessed walls for shelter” as they waited for an elevator to take them to an evacuation vehicle, according to court documents, when Schumer’s detachment leader – a sergeant identified as KF – saw Pruitt advancing.

KF made eye contact with Pruitt and shouted “evac, evac, evac,” prosecutors said.

Security footage from that day shows Schumer and his team quickly fleeing the area, and prosecutors said the sergeant “remembered hearing Pruitt grow louder behind him” and that he “felt like they were being prosecuted”.

ML told investigators he believed Pruitt was four or five seconds away from reaching the senator.

Schumer and his posse quickly descended a ramp and closed a series of double doors behind them, prosecutors said, prompting Pruitt to turn back. The moment was also captured on video.

Then-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell approached the same double doors as he tried to evacuate soon after, prosecutors said, and also had to turn back.

Pruitt eventually left the Capitol Visitor’s Center after learning that someone had been shot in the building.

Pruitt also confronted police at the Capitol and threw a sign inside the building during the riot. Prior to his plea deal, Pruitt had faced eight counts, including physical assault and obstruction of law enforcement.

“Each day I step into our nation’s beacon, the United States Capitol, I relive the memories of that day, and none are as impactful as the times I saw Mr. Pruitt approach of us with intent to harm the Majority Leader of the United States Senate,” ML wrote in a letter to the judge, asking that Pruitt receive the maximum prison sentence.

The special agent also wrote that “on that day, the heroism, bravery and determination of my colleagues held our democracy together as it stood on the brink of peril”, and that his family “will never be quiet each when I return to work”. .”

This story has been updated to more accurately characterize documents filed by prosecutors regarding the Capitol Police Special Constable identified as ML.

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