Exton resident Michael van der Veen, an attorney who defended President Donald Trump in his second impeachment trial, is now representing Jason Dolan regarding the Capitol riot.
For his role in the Capitol riot on Jan. 6, the 44-year-old Floridian faces terrorism charges that carry a maximum punishment of 36 years in prison, writes Jane Musgrave for The Palm Beach Post.
According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark Dispoto, by aligning himself with the antigovernmental militia group Oath Keepers, Dolan showed “contempt for our system of government and our democratic process.”
Van der Veen, appearing at his client’s bond hearing via Zoom, scoffed at the tactic of characterizing the unemployed Dolan a terrorist.
“There is no evidence my client conspired to destroy government property,” he said. “There is zero evidence my client destroyed any property.”
Van der Veen also said that Dolan was absent from the Oath Keepers online meeting at which the group’s founder urged the Jan. 6 storming of the capitol.
The judge is yet to rule on whether Dolan will be freed on bond.
Read more about Michael van der Veen and the Capitol riot in The Palm Beach Post.