WASHINGTON – Trump’s former political appointee, charged with fighting police during congressional riots, told a federal judge his cell was crawling with bugs.
Federico Klein, 42, was arrested on Thursday and detained in Washington, D.C., during a brief court appearance by phone on Friday afternoon.He was advised on six counts, two of which. This carries a maximum jail term of 20 years.
A hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, March 9, on whether he will be detained pending trial.
Having said he would be held in detention until a trial next week, he said. “I wonder if there is a place where I can be in detention where I don̵7;t have cockroaches crawling everywhere while I’m trying to sleep. I haven’t slept yet. It is very much. “
The public defender assured him that he would be in another cell on Friday night.
Records show that Klein worked on Trump’s campaign and became a low-profile political nominee at the State Department shortly after former President Donald Trump took office. Klein resigned on January 19, so he remained a federal employee on the day of the congressional uprising.
The FBI said in court documents that Klein could be seen in a video recorded during the Jan. 6 anti-police riot trying to take items from them and injure them with a riot shield. The document said he “violently threw the shield at the officer in an attempt to violate the police line”.
It appears to be the first criminal case involving members of the Trump administration in the wake of the Jan. 6 riots.