According to a government sentencing memorandum in the case, a South Carolina man charged in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot is back in the hot seat after federal prosecutors say the man’s cellphone included 80 Nazi and white supremacist images.
Prosecutors are seeking 30 days in jail for Elliot Bishai, 22, of Fort Mill in York County, for his participation in the riot, during which he climbed through a broken window and encouraged rioters to invade the Capitol.
Inside he yelled, “Civil War 2!”, according to the government memorandum. At the time of the riot, Bishai was a member in the federally-supported Civil Air Patrol, the civilian auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force.
He should have known that being part of the Capitol meant that he “betrayed his duty to keep the homeland safe,” the prosecution memo said. The Civilian Air Patrol’s mission is “devoted to public safety,” the memo said.
In a related court filing, Bishai’s lawyers revealed that because of his arrest in the Capitol riot, he has been dropped from being accepted in an elite military program to train to become a pilot to fly U.S. Army helicopters. At the time of the Jan. 6 riot, he was planning to join the Army and become a helicopter pilot.
Bishai is due to be sentenced Friday in Washington before Judge Tanya Chutkan on the charge of entering and remaining in a restricted building.
Prosecutors also said that in addition to Nazi and white supremacist images, Bishai had more than 400 videos made by an online personality, known as the “Gypsy Crusader,” but who is described in court documents as a “far-right … commentator, streamer, white supremacist and convicted felon” named Paul Nicholas Miller.
Miller has been tied to “multiple alt-right and far-right organizations, including the Proud Boys and the Boogaloo movement,” the prosecution memo said.