In plea papers, Gieswein said that before the attack he gave a media interview in which he said he hoped to keep President Donald Trump in office. He said he marched with Proud Boys for three hours that morning, rushed through a police line at Peace Circle and threw a water bottle at officers guarding the West Plaza. He then sprayed aerosol irritant at two groups of police defending an Upper West Terrace stairway, according to his plea papers. The same prosecutors handling Gieswein’s case are also handling the trial of five Proud Boys leaders on seditious conspiracy and other charges. The papers alleged that Gieswein entered a window that had been smashed by Dominic Pezzola, another defendant in the case.