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Trump State Department aide has been charged with assaulting a member of Congress.

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Trump State Department aide has been charged with assaulting a member of Congress.

 

According to court documents, a former State Department aide in President Donald Trump’s administration has been charged with taking part in the deadly Capitol siege and attacking officers attempting to protect the house.

It’s the first confirmed lawsuit against a Trump appointee since the insurgency on Jan. 6, which resulted in Trump’s landmark second impeachment.

According to the media, Federico Klein, who served on Trump’s 2016 campaign, was seen sporting a “Make America Great Again” hat among a throng of protesters seeking to push their way into the Capitol on Jan. 6. Klein forced his way through the gate, where he “physically and verbally clashed” with police attempting to hold the crowd at bay, according to authorities.

According to the charging papers, Klein was caught on video aggressively shoving a riot shield into an officer and provoking the crowd as it attempted to charge past the police line, screaming, “We need fresh people, we need fresh people.”

Klein allegedly pushed the riot shield, which had been stolen from an officer, in between the Capitol doors, stopping police from closing them, while the crowd fought with police in the tunnel. According to officials, an officer eventually used chemical spray on Klein, causing him to flee.

Klein was arrested on charges of obstructing Congress and threatening police with a deadly weapon on Thursday in Virginia.

On Friday, he was in detention and could not be contacted for comment. It was unclear if he had retained an attorney who could speak on his behalf. A spokesperson for Trump declined to comment.

At least five people were killed, including a Capitol Police officer, and two more officers committed suicide as a result of the shooting. There have been more than 300 individuals charged with federal crimes.

According to a financial disclosure filing, Klein joined the State Department as a staff assistant shortly after Trump’s inauguration in 2017. According to court documents, he had a top secret security clearance that was extended in 2019. He resigned on Jan. 19, the day before Joe Biden was sworn in as president, according to authorities.

According to officials, one of Klein’s State Department colleagues assisted authorities in identifying him.

According to court records, Klein worked in the Office of Brazilian and Southern Cone Affairs, according to a Department of State diplomatic protection special agent investigated by an FBI agent. According to officials, a Department of State official recognized Klein in images and video provided by the FBI.

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