WASHINGTON – A former Trump politician accused of fighting police in the Capitol Riot has told a federal judge his prison cell is full of bugs.
Federico Klein, 42, was arrested Thursday and held in Washington, DC jail. In a brief telephone appearance on Friday afternoon, he was informed of the six charges against him, two of which carry a maximum of 20 years in prison.
A hearing has been set for Tuesday March 9 on whether he should be detained pending trial.
When told he would remain in detention until next week’s hearing, he said: “I wonder if there is a place where I could stay in detention that I haven’t. cockroaches crawling all over the place as I try to sleep. I did not sleep. a lot. “
A public defender assured him that he would be in a different cell on Friday evening.
Records show Klein worked on the Trump campaign and became a low-level political member at the State Department shortly after former President Donald Trump took office. Klein resigned on January 19, so he was still a federal employee on the day of the Capitol riot.
The FBI said in court documents that Klein could be seen in video recorded during the Jan.6 riot, resisting police officers, trying to take items from them and assaulting them with a riot shield. The documents allege that he “violently hammered the shield into the body of a police officer in an attempt to cross the police line.”
This appears to be the first criminal case linked to a member of the Trump administration following the January 6 riot.