Man accused of using bear spray on police pleads not guilty in US Capitol riot
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A California man accused of attacking police with bear spray and a large metal sign during the January 6 US Capitol assault by supporters of then-President Donald Trump pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to federal charges including riot-related felonies.
Maria Jacob, a lawyer for accused rioter Sean McHugh, told US District Judge John Bates during a video hearing that her client was entering not guilty pleas to all charges against him including assaulting police using a dangerous weapon and engaging in violence on the Capitol grounds or in the building.

McHugh, 34, is being held in pre-trial detention. McHugh listed an Auburn, California address on an airplane reservation he made for a Jan. 5 flight to Washington.

More than 535 people face charges arising from the riot in which Trump supporters sought to block Congress from formally certifying now-President Joe Biden's election victory.…
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