The FBI on Thursday 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.
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 for a time in the State Department’s Office of Brazilian and Southern Cone Affairs before being transferred to the office that handles Freedom of Information Act requests, according to a former colleague who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
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.@joshgerstein reports: The FBI has arrested Federico Klein, a former State Dept aide, on charges related to the Jan 6 attack on the Capitol, marking the first known instance of a Trump appointee facing prosecution in connection with the attack https://t.co/uG6pxOgmY8
— Natasha Bertrand (@NatashaBertrand) March 5, 2021
Federico Klein, the ex-State Dept aide arrested Thurs, was charged with assaulting an officer. He was videotaped in a tunnel using a riot shield to keep officers from closing doors. He was still a govt employee w.a top secret security clearance on Jan 6.https://t.co/aQrygXhS9c
— Katie Benner (@ktbenner) March 5, 2021
Trump State Department appointee Federico Klein arrested over Capitol riot https://t.co/yLEkhS3Rwp
— Newsweek (@Newsweek) March 5, 2021
Federico Klein had a decent life. He graduated from George Mason University and served in Iraq. He was a researcher for the Family Research Council and served as convention delegate in VA. Then he joined Trump’s campaign and administration.
— AKing 🇺🇸 (@aking4democracy) March 5, 2021