October 6, 2022

Former Trump appointee arrested as part of Capitol riot probe

The never-ending war against the Trump administration continues as the FBI has arrested Federico Klein, a former President Trump appointee for the State Department, as part of the January 6 U.S. Capitol building riot.

Smantha Shero, spokesperson for the FBI Washington Field Office, confirmed the arrest and referred questions to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for D.C. Klein’s arrest is the first time a Trump political appointee has faced charges for the events at the U.S. Capitol.

The former president was blamed by many for the riots, including an unprecedented second impeachment vote by the House. The Senate later acquitted Trump in a 57-43 vote. Washington Democrats continue to attempt to pin the blame on Trump and his administration for the event.

More than 300 Americans have been charged due to actions at the U.S. Capitol on January 6. Charges have ranged from entering a restricted area, to obstruction of Congress, and related misdemeanor offenses.

No information has been released regarding Klein’s particular actions that day, though sources have confirmed he was in D.C. during the riot. According to Politico,

Klein worked for a time in the State Department’s Office of Brazilian and Southern Cone Affairs before being transferred to the office that handles Freedom of Information Act requests, according to a former colleague who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

On Trump’s 2016 campaign, Klein — also known as Freddie — worked as a “tech analyst,” according to Federal Election Commission records. He earned $15,000 there, according to a financial disclosure he filed when he joined the State Department. He was paid an additional $5,000 by the campaign in 2017, the FEC records show.

Democrats are likely to use the arrest to further connect Trump and his supporters to the riot on the U.S. Capitol. However, Klein was a former State Department aide, not a current employee of the Trump administration.

Further, it is not clear Trump even knew Klein or was aware of his presence at the events of January 6. While Democrats continue to bring up additional connections to the riot, most Americans want to forget about it.

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