President Trump spoke to the crowd and urged them to go to the building. The crowd then escalated as rioters raided the US Capitol.
Former U.S. swimmer and Olympic gold medalist Klete Keller is facing criminal charges after law enforcement officials identified him as one of those who had illegally entered the U.S. agency during last week’s riots.
According to court documents filed with the U.S. District Court on Wednesday, Mr Keller, 38, was charged with unknowingly obstructing law enforcement entering or being in a severely restricted building and taking action. Disorganized in the area of government agencies
An FBI agent wrote in the criminal complaint that he was able to identify Keller, who is 6 feet tall, in part because of his height. The representative also noted the Team USA jacket three times Olympic athlete Keller wore during the riots.
“Person 1 could be seen standing in the Rotunda, still wearing a dark USA jacket, which appears to have a Nike logo on the right front and a red and white Olympic patch on the left front,” the representative wrote in the complaint. .
Court records did not immediately list Keller’s attorneys, and it was not clear Wednesday afternoon if he became an official.
Keller has won five medals in three Olympic appearances for the United States, including a gold medal at the 2004 Athens Games and the 2008 Games in Beijing.
Keller was initially identified as one of the rioters by several media outlets, including SwimSwam, a swim-covered outlet.
Sarah Hirshland, CEO of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee, released a statement on the report earlier Wednesday, although she made no mention of the Keller name.She said the USOPC would wait for the agency to force it. Use law to verify the identity of the individual “And evaluate our own appropriate action”
“I condemn the actions of the rioters at the US Capitol, they do not represent the value of the United States or that of Team USA,” Hirshland said in a statement.
“At home and around the world, Team USA athletes are meeting very high standards because they represent our country on the field and on the field. What happened in Washington, DC is clearly a non-compliance case. The people involved attack the democratic structures we all proudly represent and in turn disappoint our communities. ”
Most recently, Keller worked for Colorado-based real estate company Hoff & Leigh, the company said in a statement Tuesday that independent contractor Keller is no longer working there.
Contribution: Rachel Axon; Arizona Republic
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