Capitol rioter Jenny Louise Cudd was charged in Texas with entering and remaining on restricted grounds and violent entry or disorderly conduct on January 12 after her attendance at the Capitol riots on January 6. Lawyers representing Cudd have now formally asked a Texas judge if the suspect can take a “work-related bonding trip” to Riviera Maya, Mexico from February 18-21.

Cudd was released after paying bail on Jan. 21 and has been ordered to not return to D.C. outside of her future court appearances.

In a prepared statement, Cudd’s lawyers argue that “Ms. Cudd has no criminal history and is a United States citizen,” also that she is “a small business owner in Midland, Texas and an established member of her community.”

The statement continues that “prior to the alleged offense at issue, Ms. Cudd planned and prepaid for a weekend retreat with her employees for the dates of February 18 through February 21, 2021, in Riviera Maya, Mexico. This is a work-related bonding retreat for employees and their spouses.” 

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According to an FBI affidavit, Cudd is visible in the Capitol Rotunda and Statuary Hall. Soon after, Cudd began a Facebook livestream where she said, “I was here today on Jan. 6 when the new revolution started at the Capitol… We just pushed, pushed and pushed, and yelled go and yelled charged. We just pushed and pushed, and we got it.”

The judge has not yet decided if they will grant Cudd’s request.

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