A New Mexico County official and founder of the group Cowboys for Trump who vowed to return to Washington after last week’s riots in the US Capitol to place a flag on the desk of House President Nancy Pelosi, arresting him by the FBI on Sunday Has been taken.
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Otero County Commissioner Kaye Griffin was arrested on charges of illegally entering the US Capitol.
According to court documents, Griffin told investigators he was “caught” in a crowd that pushed his way through the barricades and entered the restricted area of the US Capitol, but said he did not enter the building And instead remained on it. US Capitol Steps.
According to the affidavit, a video posted on Griffin’s personal Facebook page shows Griffin in restricted areas.
Griffin did not immediately respond to phone or text messages seeking comment.
On Thursday, Griffin said he planned to travel to Washington, DC with firearms for the inauguration of Biden.
FBI special agents said Griffin told them that “they hope that a change in leadership can be accomplished ‘without firing a single shot,’ but note that there was no option ‘away from the table for freedom’s sake.’ Was, “the affidavit.
During the Orto County Board of Commissioners meeting, Griffin said, “I’m going to arrive there on January 20 and we’re going to take a stand for our country and for our freedom.”
“I’m going to go tonight or tomorrow. I got a .357 Henry Big Boy rifle lever action I got in the trunk of my car and I got a .357 single action revolver, the Colt Ruger Vaquero, which I would have placed under the front seat. To my right and I will embrace my second amendment, ”he said.
Sunday, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderus called for Griffin’s resignation via Twitter.
“I am demanding that Katy Griffin resign immediately from the Otero County Commission or my office will demand her expulsion,” Balder said.
Associated Press journalist Morgan Lee contributed to this report.