Greg Rubenacker had difficulty following US Magistrate Judge Steven Locke’s instructions regarding his $50,000 bond hearing in Central Islip federal court.
Locke asked Rubenacker if he understood the terms of his release.
“My memory is not too good,” he said. “You’re saying a lot. I don’t know, I just need, I need to have like a physical copy.”
The Farmingdale resident allegedly documented the Jan. 6 siege on Snapchat, where he could be heard exclaiming, “Holy s—t! This is history! We took the Capitol!” according to the federal filing out of Washington, DC.
He allegedly filmed himself vaping from a blue device and smoking a joint in the rotunda, as he declared, “Smoke out the Capitol, baby,” the court papers allege.
Earlier in the hearing, Rubenacker asked, “Can I take this mask off?”
“Ahh, no, you have to keep it on, unfortunately, because you’re in a place with other people,” the judge replied.
During a break, Rubenacker could be heard muttering, “I’m really frustrated right now,” he said. “I’m tired of the corruption in the government.”
His attorney, Michael Matera, quickly advised him to stub out his commentary.
“I just figured these guys would do something that actually serves the country,” Rubenacker continued.
He faces two misdemeanor counts for his role in the assault on the Capitol that left five people dead.