The former Trump official charged with storming the Capitol appeared in court today via teleconference. He asked the judge if he could be detained somewhere else. "It would be nice if I could sleep in a place where there were not cockroaches everywhere" https://t.co/llbrN4L6ri
— John Hudson (@John_Hudson) March 5, 2021
There are people for whom it is really, really hard to feel sympathy. And then there are people for whom feeling sympathy would probably constitute a personality disorder…
… Federico Guillermo Klein, a former State Department official, made an initial appearance by teleconference on Friday before U.S. Magistrate Zia M. Faruqui in Washington, where prosecutors said they would seek to jail him pending trial at a hearing next Wednesday.
The court papers obtained by The Washington Post detail Klein’s alleged conduct throughout the siege of the Capitol, tracing his apparent movements and actions from using a police shield to try to pry a door open, to calling for reinforcements from the crowd, to losing his red “Make America Great Again” baseball cap, looking for it amid the chaos, and then grabbing another red hat on the ground that turned out to be the wrong one.
Klein’s arrest is the most direct link yet between the Trump administration and the rioters, despite attempts by some conservatives to dissociate the insurrection from the former president. Many of the 300-plus people who have been charged in connection with the insurrection have described themselves as Trump supporters, while some have ties to extremist groups like the Proud Boys, which Canada has designated a terrorist group, and the Oath Keepers…
Klein had a top-secret security clearance that was renewed in 2019, the FBI said. A LinkedIn profile the FBI identified as Klein’s also lists a top-secret security clearance and shows that Klein has been politically active in the Republican Party since at least 2008, when he began volunteering for political campaigns. Before joining the State Department in 2017, Klein worked for the Trump campaign, which paid him a $15,000 salary…
Prosecutors said they were seeking to jail him pending trial on grounds that he is charged with assaulting an officer. Assistant Federal Defender Shelli Peterson said Klein was retaining private counsel who would oppose that request, arguing that Klein’s charges do not amount to a crime of violence barring his release under appropriate conditions to ensure public safety.
Klein did not enter a plea. However, he asked the judge at the end of the brief hearing, “I wonder if there’s a place where I can stay in detention where I don’t have cockroaches crawling over me while I attempt to sleep….I mean, I really haven’t slept all that much, your honor. It would be nice if I could sleep in a place where there were not cockroaches everywhere.”
Faruqui and Peterson told Klein that he would be transferred to D.C. jail shortly and that they would make sure to address his concerns if there were unsafe or dirty conditions. Klein said, “very well I appreciate that.”…
The Trump appointee faces several felony charges for his alleged role in the riot, including knowingly engaging in any act of physical violence against any person or property in any restricted building or grounds.
Klein’s mother, Cecilia Klein, told Politico that her son had admitted to being in D.C. on Jan. 6 but said he did not specify whether he had entered the Capitol building.
“Fred’s politics burn a little hot,” she told Politico, which first reported the arrest, “but I’ve never known him to violate the law.”
He was always a good boy, such a a nice young man, till he started hanging around with a bad crowd.
BREAKING/SCOOP: FBI has arrested 1st Trump appointee in connection with #Capitol Riot. Freddie Klein worked on Trump 2016 campaign then landed a 'special assistant' job at State. 'Fred's politics run a little hot,' his mother said https://t.co/nCSBQR6VHA
— Josh Gerstein (@joshgerstein) March 5, 2021
Whoa! I missed some of this news. Now @chrislhayes is covering Freddie Klein, the Trump appointee who was part of the January 6 Capitol siege. I did not realize until tonight that he was still working for the state department when he participated in the insurrection.. pic.twitter.com/l3O5cqZRbh
— Jennifer Taub (@jentaub) March 6, 2021
Is it Trump? https://t.co/L77CIOMFQK
— Mig Greengard (@chessninja) March 5, 2021