Trump appointee arrested over Capitol riot took a police riot shield and fought with officers, affidavit says
- Trump State Department appointee Federico Klein fought with police at the
Capitol riot, investigators say.
- They say Klein used a riot shield to attempt to wedge a door to the Capitol open.
- Footage from the day appears to show Klein brawling with police and trying to push into the building.
A Trump appointee who has been arrested in connection with the Capitol riot fought police and used a riot shield to wedge the door to the building open, an affidavit said.
An FBI agent identified Klein, in a MAGA hat, among the mob that crammed into a tunnel leading to the Lower West Terrace entrance to the Capitol building from surveillance and police body camera footage from the day.
In the tunnel, Klein pushed to the front of the crowd and "physically and verbally engaged" with police, preventing them from doing their work, the affidavit says.
Around half an hour later, he was caught on camera among a crowd trying to push through doors to the building, according to the document.
An officer shouted "back up" six times, a command that Klein ignored, the affidavit says.
Instead, it says, Klein violently shoved a riot shield at officers, wedging it between the doors and preventing police from shutting them out. He also rammed it into officers in an attempt to breach their line, it said.
Describing the video footage, the affidavit says Klein was seen "resisting officers, attempting to take items from officers, and assaulting officers with a riot shield."
The document describes it as "either an MPD or an U.S. Capitol Police riot shield." It said the shield "apparently had been taken from an officer," but did not offer details.
He was eventually moved away with the use of chemical irritant spray, it says.
Other footage appears to show Klein brawling with police and encouraging the crowd. "We need more people, we need more people," he yelled on more than one occasion, according to the footage described.
Eventually, the mob was pushed out of the tunnel.
Outside, it looked like Klein lost his MAGA hat and found another one.
But the investigators said they were able to identify him by a rip in his jacket that also appeared in footage when he was wearing the MAGA hat, marked with a green arrow in the pictures below.
When an officer, named "Officer 4" in the affidavit, was dragged into the crowd, Klein said "no way" as police asked him to move so they could rescue the officer, the affidavit says.
"Let me get my friend," one of the officers is recorded as saying.
When Officer 4 made it out of the crowd, Klein is then pictured appearing to help him make his way back to the tunnel, investigators said.
Tipsters got in touch with the FBI after a "wanted" poster was circulated on January 20. From that, one tipster led officials to the Facebook page of "Freddie Klein," whose picture appeared to be man from the footage, while a witness led them to a LinkedIn profile for the same name.
Klein is one of hundreds of people arrested in connection with the events of January 6 in an aggressive police investigation.
Klein resigned his position on January 19, according to the affidavit.
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