Retired Navy SEAL who posted video boasting of 'breaching the Capitol' is questioned by FBI 

A retired Navy Seal, who shared a video boasting about the Capitol breach and encouraging his followers to bring walking sticks to use as weapons against Antifa protesters, faces questioning by the FBI. 

Adam Newbold, 45, of Lisbon, Ohio, traveled down to Washington, DC, with a group of people on the night of January 5. 

According to a video, obtained by ABC News, Newbold, who is a retired reserve SEAL special warfare operator, told his Facebook followers that he was ‘proud’ of what happened in DC while on his way home.  

‘There was destruction breaching the Capitol. To get in you had to destroy doors and windows,’ Newbold says in the clip. 

Adam Newbold

In a video shared after the riot, the retired Navy Seal boasted about the Capitol breach

Adam Newbold, 45, of Lisbon, Ohio, traveled down to Washington, DC, with a group of people on the night of January 5. In a video shared after the riot, the retired Navy Seal boasted about the Capitol breach 

‘I’m hoping the message was strong enough, unfortunately maybe it wasn’t, I’d hate to see this escalate more,’ he added in the since deleted video. 

According to ABC, Newbold also said in the clip that he hopes ‘it pans out to be a positive revolution’.

During the rant, Newbold, who served 24 years in the Navy, said he wanted to make lawmakers ‘think twice about what they’re doing’ and to be left ‘shaking in their shoes’. 

In another video from Newbold’s event page for the DC rally, he advised participants to consider bringing walking sticks to use as weapons to fend off Antifa protesters.

Shocking video from the riot on the Capitol showed Trump supporters using poles from their flags, as well as batons to assault police officers.  

And just a day before the riot, Newbold shared a video on his Facebook page telling his viewers that they are ‘very prepared’ for a fight.   

Adam Newbold

In this clip, Newbold says that the group of protesters are 'very prepared' for a fight

Just a day before the riot, Newbold (left and right) shared a video on his Facebook page telling his viewers that they are ‘very prepared’ for a fight. ‘We are not going down looking for a fight… we are just very prepared, very capable and very skilled patriots ready for a fight,’ he said 

‘It’s time to stand up and take our country back and make sure that we are being respectful and doing things in the right way,’ he said. 

‘We are not going down looking for a fight… we are just very prepared, very capable and very skilled patriots ready for a fight and we will react without hesitation when called upon to do so,’ Newbold added. 

But in an interview with ABC, Newbold started to sing a very different tune and revealed that he is now cooperating with FBI agents who will be conducting a second interview with him. 

Newbold expressed remorse for what happened at the Capitol, saying: ‘It was all taken too far.’

‘I would like to express to you just a cry for clemency, as you understand that my life now has been absolutely turned upside-down,’ Newbold said. ‘I am not a terrorist. I am not a traitor.’

He then told ABC that he didn’t assault any of the officers as the mob of MAGA supporters stormed the building. He also said he never entered the Capitol building.

Newbold, who owns an Ohio-based firearms training business called ATG Worldwide, said he came to a realization that the incident ‘accomplished nothing’ after learning that a rioter had been shot dead inside the building.  

Newbold (right) served in the Navy for 24 years. He has now expressed remorse for what happened at the Capitol last week

Newbold (right) served in the Navy for 24 years. He has now expressed remorse for what happened at the Capitol last week 

Adam Newbold

Adam Newbold

Newbold said he didn’t assault any of the officers as the mob of MAGA supporters stormed the building. He also said he never entered the Capitol building

Capitol Police Officer, Brian Sicknick, also died from injuries he sustained during the riot and three other people succumbed to injuries from the incident.  

‘What the hell was it all for?’ Newbold told ABC. ‘Now I regret being in the crowd. When you are in the arena, you don’t see the big picture.’