Trump appointee arrested over Capitol riot took a police riot shield and fought with officers, affidavit says

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Police bodycamera footage from the Capitol riot shows a man prosecutors say they have identified as Federico Klein.
  • 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.
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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. 

Federico Klein, then an employee of the State Department, is believed to be the first Trump appointee facing charges in relation to the events of January 6.

The document was published late Thursday by The New York Times, which also reported Klein's arrest.

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.

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A man who the FBI identified as Federico Klein is circled in surveillance footage in the tunnel leading to the Lower West Terrace entrance to the Capitol building on January 6, 2021.

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. 

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A man who the FBI identified as Federico Klein is caught on police bodycam footage.
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A man who the FBI identified as Federico Klein seen here appearing to reach for an object.

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.

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A man who the FBI identified as Federico Klein continues attempts to breach the Capitol.
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A man who the FBI identified as Federico Klein continues attempts to breach the Capitol.

Instead, it says, Klein wedged a riot shield between the doors, preventing police from shutting them out.

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.

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."

Using the shield to shove at police, he got into a sustained battle in an attempt to fight his way into the building, the affidavit says.

He was eventually moved away with the use of chemical irritant spray, it says.

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A man who the FBI identified as Federico Klein in his MAGA hat, which he later removed.

But he still attempted to get in, investigators say. 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. 

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A man who the FBI identified as Federico Klein resists police attempts to disperse the mob.

Eventually, the mob was pushed out of the tunnel.

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Federico Klein (circled) being pushed out of the way by police, according to prosecutors.

Outside, it looked like Klein lost his MAGA hat and found another one. 

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A man who the FBI identified as Federico Klein likely looking for his lost MAGA hat.
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A man who the FBI identified as Federico Klein puts on another hat.

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. 

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The FBI identified as Federico Klein in the new hat by a tear in his jacket, marked by an arrow.
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The tear in the jacket as seen when he was wearing a MAGA hat.

When an officer, named "Officer 4" in the affidavit, was dragged into the crowd, Klein refused to move out of the way to allow police to go in and rescue him, saying "no way," the affidavit says. 

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A man who the FBI identified as Federico Klein attempts to stop police from rescuing an officer pulled into the crowd.

"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. 

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A man who the FBI identified as Federico Klein on police bodycam footage.
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A man who the FBI identified as Federico Klein then appears to help the officer.

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. 

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An FBI "wanted" posted with the man prosecutors say they have identified as Federico Klein circled.
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Feds matched this Facebook picture to an individual seen on footage of rioters at the Capitol.

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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