The Des Moines man seen at the front of a group of rioters inside the United States Capitol asked a federal judge for a new defense team. The request came from Jensen before jury selection started Monday morning, stating he and his lawyer disagreed on certain things over time.Jensen also said that he had only seen three videos in his discovery for the case: his interview with the FBI and two videos of him inside. He told Judge Timothy Kelly he had another defense attorney that was willing to take the case. Kelly sealed the court and spoke to Jensen and his current counsel in private. He then denied the request, saying it would have delayed the trial due to a new potential counsel not reviewing the entire case for a long period of time. He also said the case trial date had been set since February, and there was plenty of time for Jensen to switch attorneys. Shortly after, jury selection began in Jensen’s trial. He faces seven federal charges, including assaulting, impeding or resisting a police officer, civil disorder, entering a restricted building and more. Potential jurors were asked 21 questions, including if they’ve seen a video of the events on Jan. 6, 2021, or if they’ve watched the Jan. 6 Committee’s investigation. Twenty-Eight potential jurors have been interviewed so far. Kelly told potential jurors he expects the case to last about a week, which is what Jensen’s defense team said in a motion a couple of months ago. Jury selection resumes at 9 am Tuesday morning, the trial itself is expected to get underway shortly after.

The Des Moines man seen at the front of a group of rioters inside the United States Capitol asked a federal judge for a new defense team. The request came from Jensen before jury selection started Monday morning, stating he and his lawyer disagreed on certain things over time.

Jensen also said that he had only seen three videos in his discovery for the case: his interview with the FBI and two videos of him inside. He told Judge Timothy Kelly he had another defense attorney that was willing to take the case.

Kelly sealed the court and spoke to Jensen and his current counsel in private. He then denied the request, saying it would have delayed the trial due to a new potential counsel not reviewing the entire case for a long period of time. He also said the case trial date had been set since February, and there was plenty of time for Jensen to switch attorneys.

Shortly after, jury selection began in Jensen’s trial. He faces seven federal charges, including assaulting, impeding or resisting a police officer, civil disorder, entering a restricted building and more.

Potential jurors were asked 21 questions, including if they’ve seen a video of the events on Jan. 6, 2021, or if they’ve watched the Jan. 6 Committee’s investigation.

Twenty-Eight potential jurors have been interviewed so far. Kelly told potential jurors he expects the case to last about a week, which is what Jensen’s defense team said in a motion a couple of months ago.

Jury selection resumes at 9 am Tuesday morning, the trial itself is expected to get underway shortly after.