The Trump appointee charged over his participation in the Capitol riot will remain in jail until his trial, judge rules

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Police bodycamera footage from the Capitol riot shows a man prosecutors say they have identified as Federico “Freddie” Klein.

  • Federico Klein, the Trump appointee charged after the Capitol riot, will be jailed until his trial.
  • “This was a group of people trying to do one thing, which is to stop democracy,” the judge said.
  • Prosecutors said Klein was among the first wave of rioters and fought police officers.
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A judge decided Federico “Freddie” Klein, the US State Department official who participated in the Capitol riot, will remain in jail until his criminal trial.

Klein was arrested Thursday on charges related to his participation in the January 6 insurrection at the Capitol, as Politico’s Josh Gerstein first reported.

A former State Department official who held a “top secret” security clearance, Klein is the first known political appointee of President Donald Trump to participate in the mob. Klein had also worked on Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.

“The defendant placed himself in that chaotic riot,” Judge Zia M. Faruqui said in his ruling. “This was a group of people trying to do one thing, which is to stop democracy.”

Jocelyn Bond, the lead prosecutor in the case, said at the hearing Tuesday Klein was “among the first wave of rioters” to storm the Capitol building as Congress conducted its Constitutionally mandated duty to certify the results of the 2020 presidential election. The riot followed a rally where Trump falsely claimed the election was rigged and said Congress shouldn’t certify the results. Prosecutors said Klein carried an apparently stolen police shield.

“Klein was in the tunnel physically fighting against the front line of officers,” prosecutors wrote in a detention memo reviewed by Insider. “Notably, one video captured Klein encouraging other rioters to attempt to breach the Capitol by shouting, ‘We need fresh people, we need fresh people’ multiple times.”

Video footage obtained by FBI agents and cited in court documents shows Klein participating in the mob and fought police officers to get into the Capitol building. Klein’s face was included in an FBI bulletin and was recognized by a fellow State Department employee, prosecutors said.

“Federico Klein chose to put himself in the thick of the violence aimed at breaking through the center doorway on the Lower West Terrace to gain entrance to the Capitol Building,” prosecutors wrote. “He used physical violence against officers who were protecting the entrance, and his individual participation in the larger mob heightened the overall violence and dangerousness of the day.”

In the detention memo, prosecutors said Klein should remain in jail ahead of a criminal trial. They said his employment at the State Department should be factored into the judge’s decision, and that Klein “demonstrated contempt” for his oath to the Constitution when “he assaulted officers in an attempt to stop the certification of a lawful election.” Klein didn’t resign from his position until after his participation in the insurrection.

“Despite the trust the country and government placed in Klein’s character, stability, trustworthiness, reliability, discretion, honesty, judgment, and unquestionable loyalty to the United States, Klein’s behavior revealed that his true allegiance lies elsewhere,” prosecutors wrote. “Rather, Klein’s actions established that his own personal beliefs override the rule of law and that he will use violence in an attempt to halt the legitimate functions of the United States government with which he disagrees.”

Faruqui agreed with the prosecutors, saying Klein should have known not to fight police officers and take their equipment given the fact that the was a State Department official.

“He should have known better,” Faruqui said.

Stanley Woodward, an attorney representing Klein, told Faruqui other people accused of more violent crimes in the insurrection have been released from jail, and so his client should be too.

In a previous court hearing, Faruqui ordered that Klein be moved to a different jail in Washington, DC, after he had complained about cockroaches in his cell.

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A Trump appointee who was arrested after participating in the Capitol riot asked a judge if he could be transferred to a cell with no cockroaches

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A man who the FBI identified as Federico Klein in his MAGA hat, which he later removed.

  • Federico Klein, a former State Department aide who was arrested after the Capitol riot, complained of his cell conditions to a judge.
  • He said he had trouble sleeping because he felt “cockroaches crawling” all over him.
  • Klein is believed to the first Trump appointee arrested in connection with the Capitol riot.
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A former Trump-appointed aide complained to a judge about the roach-infested cell he’s in after getting arrested for storming the Capitol in January. 

Authorities arrested Federico Klein, a former staff assistant at the State Department after he participated in the January 6 insurrection, during which he had been “assaulting officers with a riot shield,” an affidavit said. 

He “physically and verbally engaged” with police officers and impeded them from doing their job, according to the affidavit. Klein was spotted in a MAGA hat and described in the affidavit as “resisting officers, attempting to take items from officers, and assaulting officers with a riot shield.”

Since his arrest, Klein has been held in a detention facility but asked a judge to be moved elsewhere due to poor conditions.

“I wonder if there’s a place where I can stay in detention where I don’t have cockroaches crawling over me while I attempt to sleep,” he said, according to a report from the Washington Post. “I mean, I really haven’t slept all that much, your honor. It would be nice if I could sleep in a place where there were not cockroaches everywhere.”

The judge, Zia M. Faruqui, told Klein in response that he would soon be moved to another jail in Washington, DC. Faruqui also said the conditions would be addressed at his present cell.

“Very well, I appreciate that,” Klein said, according to the Post.

The Capitol riot left five people, including one police officer, dead. Members of the Proud Boys, which is classified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, were reportedly present.

Organizers were emboldened by Trump’s urges to protest the results of the 2020 election with him, despite Democrat Joe Biden’s election victory. While members of Congress were meeting inside the Capitol building day to certify the results, supporters organized an attempted coup and stormed the Capitol building.

Upon news that the riot breached the Capitol building, lawmakers began to shelter in place and many evacuated.

In the weeks after, insurrectionists scrambled to delete photos and social media posts proving their participation.

Klein joined the State Department in 2017 just ahead of the inauguration of President Donald Trump, according to a public database. He had a salary of $66,510. 

He faces felony charges for his alleged involvement in the riot. 

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Trump State Department appointee Federico Klein arrested in connection with Capitol riots

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A photo shared by the FBI, which it says shows Jenny Cudd in the Capitol during the January 6 riot.

  • Federico Klein, an appointee of former President Donald Trump, was arrested in connection with the Capitol riots, Politico reported.
  • Klein is believed to be the first Trump appointee to be charged in connection to the January 6 insurrection.
  • Klein worked on the 2016 Trump campaign and was later appointed to the State Department.
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The FBI arrested Federico Klein, a former State Department aide appointed by former President Donald Trump, in connection with the January 6 Capitol riots, Politico reported.

Klein is believed to be the first Trump appointee to be facing charges related to the Capitol insurrection. 

A spokesperson for the FBI told Politico that Klein was taken into custody in Virginia.

This is a developing story…

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