A woman charged in the Capitol riot asked the judge for permission to leave the US for a vacation in Mexico

Sinéad Baker
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Capitol Riot
Capitol Riot

The FBI says this photo shows Jenny Cudd in the Capitol during the riot on January 6. Screenshot via DOJ.

  • A woman charged in the Capitol riot asked the court for permission to take a vacation to Mexico.

  • Lawyers said Jenny Cudd "planned and prepaid for a weekend retreat with her employees" in Riviera Maya.

  • Cudd has been charged with unlawful entry and disorderly conduct at the Capitol.

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A woman who was charged with participating in the insurrection at the US Capitol on January 6 asked a federal court to let her leave the US for a vacation she had booked in Mexico.

Jenny Cudd's lawyers asked the US District Court for the District of Columbia on Monday to approve Cudd's request to travel outside the country.

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The motion, seen by Insider, said Cudd 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 has been charged with unlawfully entering a restricted building and with disorderly conduct.

She owns a flower shop in Midland, Texas, The Daily Beast reported. She previously ran to be the mayor of the town, according to The New York Times.

She 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.

Capitol rioter
Capitol rioter

A screenshot from a video and a photo that the FBI says show Cudd inside the Capitol. Screenshot via DOJ

The FBI affidavit said that after leaving the Capitol, Cudd livestreamed 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."

To make her case, her lawyers said in their motion that Cudd was on pretrial release and that she had no criminal history.

They described her as "a small business owner in Midland, Texas and an established member of her community."

They also said that she had followed all orders from the court so far and that her pretrial-services officer and the counsel for the government did not offer any objections to her request to travel.

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