Trump supporter Ryan Kelley: FBI arrests gubernatorial candidate over Capitol storm

He actually wants to be Michigan's next governor, but now Republican Ryan Kelley is being arrested by the FBI in the USA.

Trump supporter Ryan Kelley: FBI arrests gubernatorial candidate over Capitol storm

He actually wants to be Michigan's next governor, but now Republican Ryan Kelley is being arrested by the FBI in the USA. The Trump supporter and opponent of Corona rules is said to have rioted in the 2021 Capitol storm. He had previously described the day as a "stimulating event".

In the US, the FBI has arrested Michigan gubernatorial candidate Ryan Kelley. The Justice Department cited offenses by Republicans related to the storming of the US Capitol in Washington on January 6, 2021 as the reason. The Detroit FBI field office confirmed Kelley's arrest and said his home was searched Thursday morning (local time).

Kelley is one of just five remaining Republican gubernatorial candidates in Washington after scores of others were disqualified for submitting forged signatures to get on the ballot. In the criminal complaint, Kelley faces four counts, each punishable by up to one year in prison, including trespassing, disorderly conduct, committing an act of violence against a person or property on closed property, and looting federal property. According to the Ministry of Justice, he is due to appear in court for the first time on Thursday afternoon (local time).

"Ryan Kelley, 40, of Allendale, Michigan, was arrested this morning for breaking into the Capitol on January 6, 2021. He was arrested in Allendale. Mr. Kelley will appear in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan this afternoon ' said Bill Miller, a spokesman for the US Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia.

According to the US newspaper Washington Post, Kelley was identified on videos on Jan. 6, 2021, climbing a flight of stairs leading to the entrance to the Capitol building, which was the first to be breached in the riot. The indictment alleges Kelley waved a crowd up the stairs and assisted another rioter who pulled a metal barricade onto scaffolding. Kelley denies entering the Capitol building himself.

Kelley had called the Jan. 6 Capitol riot just two months later an "energizing event." Five people died in or immediately after the storm. Kelley is the latest of more than half a dozen Republican incumbents, candidates or local party leaders charged in connection with the storming of the Capitol. Several of them had previously pleaded guilty or had been convicted in court.

Real estate agent Kelley began leading rallies against Michigan's Covid restrictions in 2020, according to his website. There the Republican describes himself as "a courageous voice for conservative values", as "100% unapologetically American" and as a fighter for "American values, our Constitution, the integrity of the elections and a free Michigan for future generations". Kelley does not report there about his participation in the storming of the US Capitol. Kelley also has close ties to Donald Trump, having shared the stage with the former president at a fundraising gala in Mar-a-Lago in March and said he distrusts the outcome of Michigan's 2020 presidential election. His arrest followed just two months before the gubernatorial primary in August.

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