Appointed State Department official arrested, charged in connection with Capitol riots

James Marshall
Марта 6, 2021

Numerous 300-plus people who have been charged in connection with the insurrection have described themselves as Trump supporters, while some have ties to extremist groups like the Proud Boys and the Oath Keepers. "The affidavit says video from police body-worn cameras on January 6 shows Klein jamming a riot shield into doors at the Capitol as police were trying to secure them to keep the mob out".

It's alleged that Klein "violently shoved a riot shield that apparently had been taken from an officer, towards the officers trying to stop the mob from gaining access to the building".

Klein is facing six charges, including assault, resisting or impeding certain weapons, and violent and disorderly conduct on Capitol Grounds.

He added, "It would be nice if I could sleep in a place where there were not cockroaches everywhere".

Faruqui told Klein he's only in a temporary detention location and will be moved.

Police didn't say how they zeroed in on Klein and what his exact role was during the January 6 Capitol riot, but it is nearly certain that he was in Washington DC on that day.

According to a former colleague, Klein also worked in the Brazilian and Southern Cone Affairs -- which manages relationships with Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, and Uruguay -- and was later transferred to an office that processes Freedom of Information Act requests.

A State Department spokesperson referred questions about Klein's case to the Justice Department, which is prosecuting him. Before his appointment, he was a member of Trump's 2016 presidential campaign. He had also served as a Marine in Iraq and held a top-secret clearance from 2014 to 2019, issued by the Defense Department, according to his LinkedIn page. The FBI then received a tip from an individual who identified 136-AFO as Klein.

The storming of the US Capitol happened immediately following Donald Trump's rally.

After the riot, then-Secretary of State Mike Pompeo used Twitter to condemn rioters who overran and injured police, broke into the Capitol and occupied the Senate chamber as lawmakers were trying to formally mark President-elect Joe Biden's election victory But Pompeo never pointed a finger at Trump for encouraging the rioters, and sought to commend the president's track record during his final days in office.

Protesters and rioters surrounding the US Capitol building. The tipster told the Federal Bureau of Investigation that Klein was their neighbor and "had exhibited extreme behavior to include displaying inflammatory rhetoric on their vehicle about President Biden, Vice President Harris, the Black Lives Matter movement, and the "ANTIFA" movement", according to the court documents. "But history will reflect on the good work that this president and our administration has done".

Pompeo's response triggered State Department officials to write a dissent channel calling for him to denounce Trump's role in the insurrection.

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