Trump Administration Official Arrested For Role In Capitol Riot
The FBI on Thursday arrested a former Trump administration aide on charges related to his role in the deadly Jan. 6 insurrectionist riot at the U.S. Capitol. Federico G. Klein, a former midlevel State Department aide who also had worked on Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, is charged with unlawful entry, violent and disorderly conduct, obstructing Congress and law enforcement, and assaulting an officer with a dangerous weapon.
Klein is the first member of the Trump administration to be arrested in connection with the breach of the Capitol by the Trump-incited mob. Klein began working at the State Department shortly after Trump’s inauguration in January 2017, according to a financial disclosure form he filed. In its investigation the FBI determined that Klein was still employed by the State Department and held a Top Secret security clearance on the day of the attack. He worked as a special assistant in the Office of Brazilian and Southern Cone Affairs, where he was paid $66,510.
The FBI said that it received a tip about Klein in January the day after it included his image in a poster seeking information about several people seen in the crowd that had stormed the Capitol. A tipster provided investigators with Klein’s Facebook account, and a different witness later contacted them to say that he knew the man in the poster as “Freddie Klein,” according to the document.
Klein is seen in video footage and still images wearing a red “Make America Great Again” hat as he tries to break past a line of Metropolitan Police officers in a tunnel near the west terrace, according to the FBI charging document. “Klein quickly pushed his way to the front-left side of the crowd and to the doorway to the Capitol building, where he physically and verbally engaged with the officers holding the line,” the FBI said.
He was part of a mob that tried to push through the doors despite warnings by an officer to back up, the bureau said, and used a “riot shield that apparently had been taken from an officer” to prevent the closing of the doors.
Klein was seen in other videos “calling back to the crowd behind him, ‘We need fresh people, we need fresh people’ multiple times,” the FBI said.