A judge accused a detained government employee, charged with participating in the Capitol Hill siege, of violating his oath while denying his request for pretrial release.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Zia Faruqui of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia accused Federico “Freddie” Klein, 42, of “switch[ing] sides” by allegedly partaking in the Jan. 6 riot after he “swore an oath to protect America” as a government employee.
“How could someone sworn to protect the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic, then participate in an attempt to stop the administration of the Constitution?” Faruqui asked, according to Reuters.
Klein, a State Department aide in the Trump administration, was charged with knowingly entering or remaining in a restricted area, knowingly and intending to impede or disrupt government business, uttering loud, threatening, or abusive language on Capitol grounds, engaging in physical violence on Capitol grounds, impeding a government proceeding, and assaulting an officer with a deadly weapon last Thursday. He is the first member of former President Donald Trump’s administration to be arrested in connection to the attack on Congress, according to the Washington Post.
The “Schedule-C appointee,” who resigned from his post on Jan. 19, was seen on body camera footage attacking officers with a stolen riot shield in the tunnel that led to the Lower West Terrace Capitol entrance, according to court documents obtained by the New York Times.
Klein, who yelled, “We need fresh people” amid the scuffle with law enforcement, was implicated by multiple witnesses, including a department colleague, an individual who went on a date with him, and a neighbor who accused him of “displaying inflammatory rhetoric” regarding “President Biden, Vice President Harris, and the Black Lives Matter movement,” the documents added.
Klein currently remains in custody but can appeal the judge’s order.
More than 300 people have been charged in connection to the Jan. 6 unrest after thousands of rioters stormed the Capitol, disrupting lawmakers as they counted electoral votes to affirm Biden’s 2020 victory.
Representatives for the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia did not immediately reply to the Washington Examiner’s request for comment.