EXCLUSIVE: FBI arrests Oregon independent journalist David Medina on J6 charges

Medina announced that he would be pleading not guilty and slammed the DOJ as a "two-tiered system of justice."

Katie Daviscourt Seattle WA
On Friday, the FBI arrested an Oregon-based independent conservative journalist and content creator on charges related to the January 6 protest and riot at the US Capitol.

David Medina, 34, of Sherwood, Oregon is the latest to be targeted by Biden's Department of Justice over alleged actions taken on January 6, 2021. He has been charged with felony obstruction of an official proceeding and several misdemeanors.

The misdemeanors include destruction of government property, entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority, disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds, disorderly conduct in a Capitol building, and parading, demonstrating, or picketing in a Capitol building, according to charging documents.

Medina announced that he intends to plead not guilty. He faces up to three years in prison if convicted.

The felony obstruction charge has been used by the DOJ to convict and imprison hundreds of non-violent protesters who were in Washington, D.C. to attend a rally with then President Donald J. Trump. Biden's Special Counsel Jack Smith has used the obstruction of an official proceeding theory as the basis for half of his charges against Trump in the J6 case against him.

Medina, who formerly worked for PragerU and is one of the most well-known conservatives in the state of Oregon, told The Post Millennial that his supporters raised money ahead of the Jan. 6 rally to cover his travel costs in order for him to be able to attend the protest.

Medina said he believed it was important to support the former president and attend the rally in order to bring truth to his supporters during a time when mainstream media is plagued by corruption and a one-sided narrative.

The FBI raided his private residence shortly after Jan. 6 but did not take any further action against him until Friday.

Medina told TPM that he has been terminated from multiple jobs since Jan. 6. He was fired last week from his job working for Oregon's Youth Correctional Facility MacClaren.

After his unexpected termination, Medina, who has a history of working with troubled youth and took the job as a means to give back to his community, said that he contacted the FBI in an attempt to clear up the issue but they trapped him instead.

"Three years have passed. I haven't heard anything (since the raid). I lost my job and I knew it was because of that. And so I called up the FBI and was like, 'Hey, man. I think it's been long enough. I've lost clients. I've lost jobs because of this thing. I deserve closure," Medina said in an Instagram livestream.

The FBI Portland branch told Medina to come down to the office at 10 am on Friday, according to Medina.

"They were being all friendly and acted like 'Hey, we're going to figure this out. It's all good. We'll figure it out," said Medina, unaware that he would be arrested and charged.

Medina told TPM that when he arrived at the FBI office they placed him in handcuffs in front of his 16-year-old daughter and perp walked him through the building. An agent then told Medina that a US attorney had put a warrant out for his arrest and he was then taken into custody and transported for processing.

According to court documents, the DOJ has accused Medina of being present on the Capitol grounds and part of a larger group that unlawfully entered the US Capitol building.

Prosecutors claim that Medina "was identified in open-source images and video footage standing in a hallway outside of the entryway to the office of the Speaker of the House and appears to be slamming a wooden sign affixed above the Speaker’s office, which read 'Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi' in an attempt to break it."

Court documents state that Medina "was seen standing next to rioters who are holding up pieces of the shattered wooden sign with partial lettering visible, spelling “of the House” on the top line, and “Nancy P” on the lower line."

Medina said that he did not break the wooden sign.

Furthermore, the court documents state that video footage shows Medina allegedly holding a flag outside the US Capitol which was allegedly taken from inside the Rotunda."

Medina, who has dedicated his life to Christ and working with the youth, said that while he does not regret being in Washington D.C. on Jan 6., he would have never gone to the rally if he knew what would have unfolded.

"I've been living with this over my head for the last three years and I know I've been strong and I know I've acted strong but it's taken a toll on me. I've lost my wife. Me and my kid have gone through a lot," said Medina.

Medina, who has a large following on social media, told TPM that "God has used my page and my work to bring people to Him and I've had people that were far-leftists who are now conservative because of my work."

"I've just been the voice of truth," said Medina, who lives near Portland, Oregon, which is considered to be the most far-left area in the United States.

After the FBI announced Medina's arrest and charges, Oregon residents and conservative commentators were quick to call out the federal agency, accusing the DOJ of being a "two-tiered system of justice." They slammed the FBI for targeting Medina, a non-violent individual, while refusing to take action against far-left Antifa militants and allies who torched the city of Portland for nine months in deadly and violent BLM riots following the death of George Floyd in 2020.

Supporters of Medina setup a GiveSendGo to help cover his legal fees. Those who wish to donate can do so here.

"In the 37 months since Jan. 6, 2021, more than 1,313 individuals have been charged in nearly all 50 states for crimes related to the breach of the U.S. Capitol, including more than 469 individuals charged with assaulting or impeding law enforcement, a felony. The investigation remains ongoing," the DOJ states.
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