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Trump Official Who Rioted Has Lengthy Criminal Record

Last Thursday wasn’t the first time Federico G. Klein was in handcuffs. Klein, a former Trump administration aide and campaign worker, was arrested by the FBI on charges related to his role in the deadly Jan. 6 insurrectionist riot at the U.S. Capitol and is charged with unlawful entry, violent and disorderly conduct, obstructing Congress and law enforcement, and assaulting an officer with a dangerous weapon.

It turns out that Klein, the first member of the Trump administration so far to be arrested in connection with the breach of the Capitol by the Trump-incited mob, has a 10-page rap sheet of previous arrests for assault, theft, robbery and other offenses in three states dating back to 1998.

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.

A LinkedIn profile the FBI identified as Klein’s also shows that Klein has been politically active in the Republican Party since at least 2008, when he began volunteering for political campaigns. Before joining the State Department in 2017, Klein worked for the Trump campaign, which paid him a $15,000 salary. Klein, a former Marine, also worked for the Family Research Council, which the Southern Poverty Law Center has designated as a hate group.



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