The FBI has arrested Federico Klein, a former State Department aide, on charges related to the storming of the Capitol on Jan. 6, marking the first known instance of an appointee of President Donald Trump facing criminal prosecution in connection with the attempt to block Congress from certifying President Joe Biden’s victory, SİA informs, referring to the Politico newspaper.
Klein, 42, was taken into custody in Virginia, said Samantha Shero, a spokesperson for the FBI’s Washington Field Office. Details on the charges against him were not immediately available.
Klein worked on Trump’s 2016 campaign and was then hired at the State Department. As of last summer, he was listed in a federal directory as serving as a special assistant in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs and was designated as a ‘Schedule C’ political appointee.
Klein’s mother, Cecilia, said in a telephone interview that she and her son discussed the Jan. 6 events a few weeks ago and that he confirmed he had been in Washington that day.
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