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Ex-Trump State Dept. Appointee Arrested for Role in Capitol Riot

NBC New York logo NBC New York 3/5/2021 Sophie Reardon
a group of people standing in front of a crowd: In this Jan. 6, 2021, file photo, U.S. President Donald Trump’s supporters gather outside of the U.S. Capitol building. © Provided by NBC New York

In this Jan. 6, 2021, file photo, U.S. President Donald Trump’s supporters gather outside of the U.S. Capitol building.

Federico Klein, a former State Department aide during the Trump administration was arrested Thursday in Virginia in connection with the pro-Trump riot at the U.S. Capitol, according to an FBI spokesperson and documents.

The FBI says in court documents that Klein can be seen resisting officers, attempting to take items from them, and assaulting them with a riot shield. The documents allege he “violently shoved the shield into an officer’s body in an attempt to breach the police line."

The court documents say Klein, who served as a political appointee until at least into 2020, was working at the State Department on Jan. 6, possessed top-secret security clearance and resigned Jan. 19.

It was not immediately clear if Klein had an attorney who could speak on his behalf Thursday night, or if he was in custody.

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