A Donald Trump administration man has been arrested in connection with the Capitol riots. Federico Klein, a former State Department official, was detained Thursday on charges related to the Jan. 6 takeover of the building.
The FBI arrested Federico Klein, a former aide to the U.S. secretary of state on Thursday, the first known case in which a Trump appointee has been criminally charged in connection with trying to block Congress from accepting President Joe Biden’s victory.
Klein, 42, was taken into custody in Virginia, said Samantha Shero, a spokeswoman for the FBI’s Washington field office. Details of the charges against him are not yet known.
Klein worked on Trump’s 2016 campaign before being hired by the State Department. Last summer, he was federally listed as a special assistant in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs and was named a political appointee from “Schedule C.”
According to Federal Election Commission records, Klein, also known as Freddy, worked as a “technical analyst” in Trump’s 2016 campaign. The man by the same name also worked for a time on Capitol Hill about two decades ago on the House Small Business Committee and as an intern for Sen. George Allen.