Howell made clear she believes the crowd was trying to thwart the federal legislative branch from carrying out its duties.
“We’re still living here in Washington, DC, with the consequences of the violence that this defendant is alleged to have participated in,” she said.
Barnett is charged with entering the restricted grounds of the Capitol, violent entry and disorderly conduct, and for theft of public property, after he allegedly took a letter from Pelosi’s office.
“The titles of those offenses don’t even properly capture the scope of what Mr. Barnett is accused of doing here,” Howell said at the hearing.
Barnett’s attorney Anthony Siano argued that his client shouldn’t continue to be held in detention. And Barnett, speaking up on the conference line during the hearing, said, “I have some very honest and simple explanations. I am a good man.”
Barnett has not been arraigned or entered a plea.
Prosecutors also allege that Barnett carried a stun gun to the Capitol, after buying it days before in preparation for the pro-Trump rally on January 6. After the rally, law enforcement searched his house and found a receipt for the stun gun, but they couldn’t find the stun gun he had during the raid, prosecutors said. Barnett had warned them they wouldn’t be able to find it.
He had also turned himself in to law enforcement after the riot, though he had made an appointment to do so a day after being in touch with the authorities, prosecutors added.
Barnett has a history of brandishing weapons at rallies, scaring passersby, prosecutors say.
The facts about Barnett “all together makes this court very concerned he poses a danger to the community,” Howell said.
He’s shown entitlement and disregard for the law, the judge added on Thursday: “Total disregard for the US Constitution.”
CNN’s Rebecca Grandahl contributed to this report.