WASHINGTON – A former Trump political appointee charged with fighting police during the Capitol riots told a federal judge that his cell is infested with insects.
Federico Klein, 42, was arrested Thursday and was being held in the Washington, DC jail. During a brief court appearance by phone 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 was set for Tuesday, March 9, on whether he should be detained pending trial.
When told that he would remain in custody until next week’s hearing, he said: “I wonder if there is a place where I could be detained where I don’t have roaches crawling everywhere while I try to sleep. I haven’t slept.” a lot of. “
A public defender assured him that he would be in a different cell Friday night.
Records show that Klein worked in the Trump campaign and became a low-level political appointee 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 riots.
The FBI said in court documents that Klein can be seen on video recorded during the January 6 riot resisting police officers, attempting to take items from them, and attacking them with a riot shield. The documents allege that he “violently pushed the shield against the body of an officer in an attempt to break through the police line.”
It appears to be the first criminal case involving a member of the Trump administration stemming from the January 6 riots.