A woman who was charged with participating in the insurrection at the US Capitol on January 6 asked a federal court for permission to leave the US for a vacation she had booked in Mexico.
In a court motion filed Monday, Jenny Cudd’s lawyers said she had “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,” it added.
Cudd, who owns a flower shop in Midland, Texas, has been charged with unlawfully entering a restricted building and with disorderly conduct. She previously ran to be the mayor of the town, according to The New York Times.
Cudd was charged in January, after the FBI said video footage showed her inside the Capitol. The FBI, citing the security footage, said Cudd walked around parts of the building and took photos inside.
The FBI affidavit said that after leaving the Capitol, Cudd live-streamed a video on Facebook in which she said she had attended President Donald Trump’s speech and went to the Capitol before he finished speaking.
It said she mentioned a break-in at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office. “We did break down the Nancy Pelosi’s office door and somebody stole her gavel and took a picture sitting in the chair flipping off the camera,” she said, according to the FBI.
The FBI described her as saying in the video: “F— yes, I am proud of my actions. I f—ing charged the Capitol today with patriots today. Hell yes I am proud of my actions.”
In a picture taken by a Getty photographer, she could be seen in the Capitol Rotunda with a phone in front of her face, possibly recording the video.
But when reached by local media later that day, she claimed she didn’t break any laws and that it was actually “Antifa members” who engaged in violence at the Capitol.