Lansing’s NBC News affiliate reports:
Ryan Kelley pleaded not guilty on all four misdemeanor charges Thursday during his arraignment that took place via video call. A criminal complaint filed by the FBI alleges Kelley climbed onto an “architectural feature” of the Capitol and waved other rioters to continue forward.
The FBI also says Kelley supported a rioter who pulled a metal barricade onto scaffolding and that he took photos of blood on Capitol grounds. Court documents dated June 22 say he is accused of destroying a tarp covering scaffolding on the Capitol.
Kelley’s campaign has painted the charges against him as political persecution orchestrated by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel though the charges were filed against him at the federal level.
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A day after his arrest by the FBI for his role in J6, Ryan Kelley says, “They just handed me the Governor’s seat in MI,” saying he is more popular now. He says he believes this goes back to the rally he organized in 2020 where people went inside the MI Capitol with camo and guns. pic.twitter.com/m9P5CfY7B8
— Ron Filipkowski ?? (@RonFilipkowski) June 12, 2022
Ryan Kelley, running for GOP nomination for Mich. governor, claimed last night at a debate that he only did “First Amendment activity” on Jan. 6 — but photos clearly show him climbing the inauguration scaffolding at the Capitol. He pleaded not guilty today https://t.co/DzCZefICVc
— Marshall Cohen (@MarshallCohen) July 7, 2022
Ryan Kelley, the MI GOP gubernatorial candidate who was arrested by the FBI last week for his role in Jan. 6:
“How long are we going to allow Washington D.C. to determine our elections in Michigan?”
“Whitmer, Nessel, Benson … They need some charges put against them.” pic.twitter.com/W6wwbLRada
— Heartland Signal (@HeartlandSignal) June 15, 2022
MI gov. candidate Ryan Kelley presents his evidence that the 2020 election was “stolen.”
-Pizza boxes covering windows pic.twitter.com/hssr3FAzR1
— The Republican Accountability Project (@AccountableGOP) July 6, 2022