A federal judge sharply questioned a lawyer for a pro-Trump social media influencer about attempts to minimize the violence of the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol as she sentenced the influencer to a term of probation for being in a restricted area during the riot.

U.S. District Judge Dabney Friedrich of the District of Columbia said she found it “deeply troubling” that the man, Brandon Straka, used his large social media presence to “encourage and defend the unlawful actions that took place” on Jan. 6.

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