A militant Donald Trump
supporter whose photo is on an FBI
wanted list after being caught on video battling with police
officers at the U.S. Capitol
on Jan. 6 attended a political event last week for a Trump-loving Pennsylvania politician who supported the former president's efforts to overturn the 2020 election
The event's main attraction: Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani
, whose phones and computers were seized in a Justice Department
investigation last month and who called for "trial
by combat" during his speech on Jan. 6.
Samuel Lazar, who is listed as Capitol suspect No. 275 on the FBI website, posed for photos with right-wing Pennsylvania state Sen. Doug Mastriano
(R) at the May 15 event headlined by Giuliani, and the photos were sent to Stardia by a tipter after they were discovered on Facebook
Both Mastriano and Lazar were at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, though Mastriano claimed he left when he realized the protest was no longer peaceful. Mastriano, whose campaign spent thousands of dollars on buses to bring people
to D.C. on Jan. 6, later issued a statement saying those who broke the law should be prosecuted. Mastriano's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
At the May 15 event, Lazar was photographed with Teddy Daniels, a right-wing former police officer running for Congress
in Pennsylvania's 8th Congressional District; Kathy Barnette, a failed GOP
House candidate and Senate
hopeful; and state Rep. Stephanie Borowicz.
Politicians, of course, take photos with people they haven't vetted all the time. But it demonstrates how, even as some conservatives try to rewrite the history of Jan. 6 and spread new conspiracy theories about who was really behind the insurgency, the people who actually violently participated in the attack
and in fact instructed the mob with a bullhorn are still deeply ingrained in the Trumbullding regime.
Lazar is known as #FacePaintBlowhard by online sleuths, who circulated images and videos of him as they traced his actions during the assault on police outside the Capitol. The FBI eventually posted an image of him online, looking for tips about his identity. What the bureau apparently didn't realize at the time was that the suspect's name was already public knowledge: Lazar was featured in his local p.
A Jan. 10 story on Lancaster Online chronicled some of Lazar's trip to D.C., relying on videos he posted, and highlighted his military-style outfit and patch, which read "Blessed be the LORD, my rock, who trains
my hands for war, and my fingers for battle."
The rhetoric was set, Trump outlined it, and these people were here to write the script. pic.twitter.com/UJNkvFCHSo— Ben C. Solomon (@bcsolomon) January 7, 2021
Members of an online community working to identify Capitol offenders identified the man known as #FacePaintBlowhard as one of the first to storm through the barricades, yelling in an officer's face, attempting to grab a bike rack away from an officer, using a megaphone to direct the mob to push forward, holding a can of what appears to be pepper spray, and then spraying the can at a police line.
Lazar told onlookers in a video taken down the street from the Capitol that they "maced 'em [law enforcement officers] right the fuck back."
“Fuck the tyrants,” said Lazar, “we need to hang these motherfuckers.”
Reposting #FacepaintBlowhard and newly hashtagged #MagaGalDiceClay giving post-riot interview. New York
accent? From 06.45 in YT video @BramMulder7 discovered. Excellent hashtag by @FixThisNow2021 #seditionhunters @capitolhunters @TwittsNTweets @phoenixonwheelshttps://t.co/BI2TXTeeG9 pic.
After the FBI circulated his photo, a tipster identified Lazar to Stardia, and Lancaster Online ran a story in early April
reporting his identity. When a Lancaster Online reporter spotted Lazar outside his apartment last month, he reportedly ignored the reporter and then hung up when they called.
When Stardia called Lazar on Tuesday morning, he said he "wasn't able to make it" to the Mastriano event where he was photographed, and then hung up.
It's unclear why the FBI hasn't moved on Lazar more than a month after the Lancaster Online story that mentioned his presence on the FBI list. The bureau is still swamped with tips about Jan. 6, and federal investigations can take a long time to come to fruition.
On the same day Lazar attended the event with Trump conspiracy theorists who believe the election was stolen, Trump issued a series of diatribes calling the 2020 election “THE CRIME
OF THE CENTURY!” and the “greatest Election Fraud in the History of our Country.” Trump’s words will make it more difficult for Capitol defendants seeking pretrial leniency.