A Capitol riot suspect told a judge he refuses to wear masks because it 'stresses me out,' according to reports
In this January 6, 2021 file, rioters who support President Donald Trump storm the Washington Capitol. AP photo
A federal judge reportedly threatened to arrest a Capitol riot suspect Friday for refusing to wear a mask.
Daniel Goodwyn tried to chew a mask that FBI agents put on him during his first arrest, prosecutors said.
Goodwyn told the judge he couldn't wear the mask because "it stresses me out," HuffPost and Newsweek reported.
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A federal judge in a fiery trial Friday afternoon threatened to arrest a suspected Capitol riot if he reportedly continued to refuse to wear a mask when meeting with pre-trial officials.
Daniel Goodwyn faces multiple federal charges of misconduct and entry into the US Capitol, as well as one charge of obstruction of due process. Prosecutors have already tried to revoke his release before the trial, calling his behavior "irritable and rude".
Judge Reggie Walton became enraged Friday when Goodwyn repeatedly refused to wear a mask when investigative services visit his home, HuffPost reported. Walton accused Goodwyn of endangering life by refusing.
"We have a virus that is killing people," said Walton, as quoted by HuffPost. "Why is it so hard to wear a mask?"
Goodwyn replied, "It stresses me out."
Goodwyn also reportedly told the judge that he doesn't believe masks will reduce the spread of COVID-19, which led Walton to rhetorically ask where Goodwyn graduated from his medical degree.
Goodwyn's attorney Daniel Hull told the court that he believed his client had autism and that it was "torture" for Goodwyn to wear a mask, Newsweek reported.
Despite threatening to issue an arrest warrant for Goodwyn, Walton held back on Friday, asking Hull to provide written records for an autism diagnosis, according to Newsweek.
Prosecutors alleged in recent court documents that Goodwyn attempted to chew through a mask the FBI had put on him during his January arrest. They also said the FBI had to wear five masks on Goodwyn during the arrest.
At one point during Friday's hearing, Walton also attempted to email Hull back for insulting a pre-trial officer.
"You say you've been a lawyer for 40 years, but you called her arrogant and squeamish," said Walton, as quoted by Inner City Press. "Why did you send this email?"
Hull replied, "I think it is."
When reached by phone, Hull declined to comment on the transcript to Insider.
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