Late on Thursday, Politico reported that the FBI had arrested Federico Klein. The 42-year-old Klein was a former State Department aide under Donald Trump. This is reportedly the first example of an actual Trump appointee being arrested in connection with the attempted coup at the Capitol building in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 6. Before being hired to the State Department, Klein worked on Trump’s 2016 campaign. He faces multiple charges including “knowingly enter or remain in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority to do; knowingly, and with intent to impede or disrupt the orderly conduct of Government business or official functions,” engaging in that disruption, and finally, “knowingly engage in any act of physical violence against any person or property in any restricted building or grounds; or attempts or conspires to do so.”
Using U.S. Capitol Police body camera footage as well as other security footage of the event, the FBI places Klein at the front of the mob, breaking the law both physically and verbally. According to the FBI complaint, Klein called back into the mob for reinforcements when confronted by Capitol officers holding the line. Klein was identified by tipsters after his image was included in one of the FBI’s suspect posters, which led them to Klein’s Facebook page. Klein’s mother spoke to Politico and said that she knew her son was on the D.C. Mall that day, but did not know he had been a part of the siege.