A South Carolina attorney accused of breaking into the US Capitol on Jan. 6 has been reportedly fired from his law practice.
David Charles Johnston69 and Chadwick Gordon Clifton47, were arraigned before the US District Judge on Friday Beryl Howell. Both pleaded not guilty to four counts of trespassing on Capitol grounds and disorderly conduct.
Until his arrest earlier this week, Johnston was an attorney at the personal injury law firm in George Sink, PA, but that is apparently no longer the case.
“George Sink, PA, personal injury attorneys, fired me before I left the courthouse,” Johnston said through his attorney after his first court appearance Tuesday Randy Houghaccording to a report in The State.
“I have voluntarily consented to having the Office of Disciplinary Counsel (the disciplinary body of attorneys, a branch of the SC Supreme Court) suspend my license to practice law because I do not believe it is fair for the Bar Association to face this difficulty and deal with this political one.” charged matter,” Johnston is also said to have said in the statement.
According to the South Carolina Bar, Johnston’s license is listed as “temporarily suspended” and he is currently in “not good standing” with the bar. Johnston has reportedly said he intends to fight the charges against him.
The American Bar Association Journal reported that Johnston, a married father of four, represented people injured in motorcycle accidents, according to a bio on George Sink’s website. His bio appears to have been removed from the company website.
Johnston and his neighbor Chadwick Gordon Clifton are accused of breaching the building after they traveled together from South Carolina to Washington, DC to attend donald trumpthe so-called “Stop the Steal” rally at which Trump and others repeated widely disputed allegations of voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election.
According to prosecutors, Johnston and Clifton were among the rioting crowd of Trump supporters who invaded the Capitol on Jan. 6. Clifton’s own social media appears to confirm this, and no fewer than five anonymous tipsters shared information with the FBI about Johnston and Clifton’s movements in the Capitol.
An unnamed witness, identified only as Witness #5, gave the FBI a lead about a video reportedly sourced from Clifton’s TikTok account of him and Johnston being placed in the Capitol.
Screenshots from a TikTok video provided by the same witness appear to show the men inside the building.
“Picking up trash in the Capitol after two trash cans were tipped over,” reads a caption.
“And yes, that was just after the storming of the Capitol,” reads another caption.
Clifton’s comments on social media after Jan. 6 appear to show that he was proud to take part in the Capitol Siege.
“I am [on the way] home now,” Clifton reportedly wrote in a conversation with a Facebook user Andy Balao on Facebook on January 7th. “We are good and no harm. Great day!”
On Jan. 9, in a message to a Facebook user named Jewel CliftonHe wrote: “I’m telling you right now, don’t say anything out loud that you don’t want someone else to hear[.] We are in a war and 95% of the people don’t even know it[.]”
Clifton had glowing words about his time in Washington and his alleged participation in a riot that temporarily shut down Congress and forced lawmakers to either evacuate the building or seek shelter on site, many fearing for their lives.
“Going to DC was an experience of a lifetime,” Clifton wrote. “I’m sorry I walked through a broken door where we could have potential [sic] got in trouble, but I was a patriot and I made sure people didn’t break things and didn’t pick up trash and we respected each other [sic]. The medium [sic] made it seem like we were a bunch of demons destroying things we weren’t in anyway.”
According to prosecutors, at the time of the attack on the Capitol, Clifton was an employee of Maintain, Inc., a real estate maintenance company based in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. At least two of the FBI tipsters also worked at Maintain, according to court records, and told investigators that as of Jan. 6, Clifton “didn’t work at any construction site.”
Representatives from Johnston, the law firm George Sink and Maintain, Inc. did not immediately respond to Law&Crime’s request for comment.
Howl, a Barack Obama Appointment to schedule the case for a July 22 status conference.
See the factual statement accompanying the lawsuit against Clifton and Johnston below.
[Images via FBI court filings.]
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