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One of the lawyers who represented then President Donald Trump in his impeachment trial over the deadly Capitol riot is now representing an accused far-right extremist who was charged in the insurrection, NPR first reported.

During Trump’s trial, attorney Michael van der Veen argued that the responsibility for the deadly siege fell squarely on those who actually took part in the insurrection, and not on the president.

“On January 6, 2021, rioters entered the Capitol building and wrought unprecedented havoc, mayhem, and death,” Trump’s defense team said in an impeachment brief ahead of Trump’s trial. 

“Counsel for the 45th President hereby stipulate that what happened at the Capitol by those criminals was horrible and horrific in every sense of those words,” the brief said, adding that the rioters’ “actions were utterly inexcusable and deserve robust and swift investigation and prosecution.”

Now, according to NPR, van der Veen is representing someone accused of participating in the siege.

Van der Veen represents 44-year-old Jason Dolan of Wellington, Florida, a Marine Corps veteran who was charged this month with conspiracy, obstruction, destruction of government property, and entering and remaining in a restricted building.

In a sweeping indictment that named Dolan and 14 other defendants, prosecutors said Dolan had communicated via Signal with members of the far-right militia-style group Oath Keepers ahead of the Capitol siege, and that they went over their plans to storm the Capitol. Dolan and the other defendants later joined the crowd storming the Capitol, the indictment said.

According to WPTV, NBC’s affiliate in West Palm Beach, Florida, van der Veen was Dolan’s lead defense attorney and appeared via Zoom at a court hearing last week where he said that although his client was part of the broader conspiracy to lay siege to the Capitol, he didn’t lead or organize others who were charged.

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Bruce Castor, another one of Trump’s defense attorneys, is also representing two people who were charged in connection to the siege, NPR reported, but neither has been accused of breaching the building itself or engaging in violence.

Castor is representing Yevgeniya Malimon and her daughter Kristina Malimon, both of whom were arrested on the evening of January 6 outside the Capitol. The two Oregon women have been charged with two counts each of curfew violation and unlawful entry and accused of running afoul of Washington, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser’s curfew of 6 p.m. that day.

Van der Veen and Castor did not respond to multiple requests for comment from NPR, and they didn’t immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

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