Santos attorney reportedly at Jan. 6 riot: Mother Jones

Santos attorney reportedly at Jan. 6 riot: Mother Jones
Republican U.S. Rep. George Santos. (Photo courtesy of the Santos campaign)

U.S. Rep. George Santos’ attorney, Joseph Murray, is believed to have attended the Jan. 6 insurrection, according to photos and video footage obtained by Mother Jones.

Murray is a retired New York Police Department officer turned criminal defense attorney whose office is located in Great Neck. He ran for Queens County district attorney in 2019, but lost to Melinda Katz.

Mother Jones reported that footage it obtained shows Murray and his office manager, Angela Ng, marching from the Ellipse to the Capitol.

Neither Murray, nor his law office, responded to multiple requests for comment.

Murray has recently been involved in representing Santos during his 13-count federal indictment, which the congressman was charged with last month. On Friday Murray delivered a letter appealing the federal judge’s request for Santos to disclose the names of the co-signers on his $500,000 bail bond after his May 10 arrest.

Ng is also Santos’ constituent services representative, according to LegiStorm, a comprehensive database of contact and biographical formation on congressional staff.

Mother Jones said the two were seen entering restricted grounds and standing on the steps of the north side of the Capitol building.

Photos show the Ng and Murray, who was wearing a red Trump campaign hat, holding up phones and cameras recording as rioters stormed the Capitol. Neither was seen taking part in any acts of violence nor entering the Capitol, Mother Jones reported.

Murray was seen standing with former Michigan gubernatorial candidate Ryan Kelley, who is scheduled to be tried for his role in the insurrection, according to Mother Jones.

Queens Republican District Leader Philip Grillo told Mother Jones that he saw Murray at the Jan. 6 riot and that “he was leading the charge up the hill. He was urging us on, waving us to follow him.” Grillo was arrested in February 2021 and awaits trial for his involvement in the riot.


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