Former State Department aide is first member of Trump administration ARRESTED over Capitol riot

A former State Department aide has become the first member of the Trump administration to be arrested over the Capitol riot after he was allegedly caught on camera assaulting cops with a stolen riot shield among the violent MAGA mob.

Federico Klein, who worked on Donald Trump‘s 2016 presidential campaign before being appointed by the ex-president to the State Department the following year, was taken into custody by federal agents in Virginia.

The FBI said Klein, 42, was seen in video footage taken during the January 6 riot that left five – including a Capitol cop – dead and sent lawmakers running for their lives. 

He is facing charges including unlawful entry, violent and disorderly conduct, obstructing Congress and law enforcement, and assaulting an officer with a dangerous weapon, according to the New York Times.  

Klein’s arrest and strong ties to the former president makes him the first Trump appointee facing charges over the riots and the first known Trump appointee confirmed by authorities to have been inside the Capitol as part of the mob.  

A former State Department aide has become the first member of the Trump administration to be arrested over the Capitol riot after he was caught on camera assaulting cops with a stolen riot shield among the violent MAGA mob. Federico Klein (pictured)

A former State Department aide has become the first member of the Trump administration to be arrested over the Capitol riot after he was caught on camera assaulting cops with a stolen riot shield among the violent MAGA mob. Federico Klein (pictured)

A former State Department aide has become the first member of the Trump administration to be arrested over the Capitol riot after he was caught on camera assaulting cops with a stolen riot shield among the violent MAGA mob. Federico Klein (pictured)

The FBI said it had received several tips identifying Klein after he was featured in one of the agency's posters (circled) asking the public's help in tracking down the perpetrators

The FBI said it had received several tips identifying Klein after he was featured in one of the agency's posters (circled) asking the public's help in tracking down the perpetrators

The FBI said it had received several tips identifying Klein after he was featured in one of the agency’s posters (circled) asking the public’s help in tracking down the perpetrators

In the footage viewed by the FBI, Klein is reportedly seen assaulting members of law enforcement with a riot shield in and around the Lower West Terrace of the Capitol building, resisting officers and trying to take items from them while wearing a ‘Make America Great Again’ hat. 

Klein was later seen on footage wearing a red US Marine Corps hat, the agency said.

The FBI said it had received several tips identifying Klein after he was featured in one of the agency’s posters asking for the public’s help in tracking down the perpetrators of the violent insurrection. 

The agency first received a tip off about a ‘Freddie Klein’ back on January 21 – the day after the poster was released, according to FBI documents.  

Several more people also came forward identifying Klein, an avid Trump supporter, as the man in the photo.  

The FBI said Klein was still employed by Trump’s State Department and held a Top Secret security clearance at the time of his alleged attack on the Capitol to stop the certification of Biden’s victory, reported the Times. 

It is not clear how close Klein was to Trump during his 2016 White House campaign and subsequent mid-level appointment to the State Department or whether they are in contact.  

Records show Klein earned $15,000 working as a tech analyst on Trump’s first bid for the White House.  

Federico Klein worked on Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign before being appointed by the ex-president to the State Department the following year

Federico Klein worked on Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign before being appointed by the ex-president to the State Department the following year

Federico Klein was taken into custody by federal agents in Virginia

Federico Klein was taken into custody by federal agents in Virginia

Federico Klein (left and on far right on right), who worked on Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign before being appointed by the ex-president to the State Department the following year, was taken into custody by federal agents in Virginia

The FBI said Klein was still employed by Trump's State Department and held a Top Secret security clearance at the time of his alleged attack on the Capitol

The FBI said Klein was still employed by Trump's State Department and held a Top Secret security clearance at the time of his alleged attack on the Capitol

The FBI said Klein was still employed by Trump’s State Department and held a Top Secret security clearance at the time of his alleged attack on the Capitol

The avid Trump supporter was seen in video footage taken during the January 6 assaulting members of law enforcement with a riot shield, resisting officers and trying to take items from them while wearing a 'Make America Great Again' hat. Pictured a 2017 Facebook post

The avid Trump supporter was seen in video footage taken during the January 6 assaulting members of law enforcement with a riot shield, resisting officers and trying to take items from them while wearing a 'Make America Great Again' hat. Pictured a 2017 Facebook post

The avid Trump supporter was seen in video footage taken during the January 6 assaulting members of law enforcement with a riot shield, resisting officers and trying to take items from them while wearing a ‘Make America Great Again’ hat. Pictured a 2017 Facebook post

He was then appointed to the State Department in January 2017, just days after the inauguration when Trump handed several campaign aides jobs in his administration. 

During his time there, he worked in the Department’s Office of Brazilian and Southern Cone Affairs before moving onto Freedom of Information Act requests, reported Politico, which first reported his arrest.

Records show he was working as a special assistant in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs and was designated as a ‘Schedule C’ political appointment – where he earned $66,510 – as recently as summer 2020.   

Klein’s mother Cecilia told Politico her son told her he had been in DC on the day of the riot but that she believed he had not entered the Capitol building. 

‘As far as I know, he was on the Mall. That’s what he told me,’ she said.

‘While I believe, as he said, he was on the Mall that day, I don’t have any evidence, nor will I ever ask him, unless he tells me, where he was after he was on the Mall.’ 

Klein is one of more than 300 people facing federal charges for their part in the violent riot that claimed five lives on January 6

Klein is one of more than 300 people facing federal charges for their part in the violent riot that claimed five lives on January 6

Klein is one of more than 300 people facing federal charges for their part in the violent riot that claimed five lives on January 6

Several rioters claim they believed they were acting on the request of the then-president

Several rioters claim they believed they were acting on the request of the then-president

Several rioters claim they believed they were acting on the request of the then-president

Trump was impeached by the House in January for inciting the riot after he told supporters to 'fight' (above) and pushed false claims the election was 'rigged' during a rally moments before the mob stormed the Capitol

Trump was impeached by the House in January for inciting the riot after he told supporters to 'fight' (above) and pushed false claims the election was 'rigged' during a rally moments before the mob stormed the Capitol

Trump was impeached by the House in January for inciting the riot after he told supporters to ‘fight’ (above) and pushed false claims the election was ‘rigged’ during a rally moments before the mob stormed the Capitol

Cecelia admitted she thought her son’s politics ‘burn a little hot’ but said she had ‘never known him to violate the law’. 

Before joining the Trump campaign, Klein worked as a researcher for the conservative Family Research Council and as a Republican state convention delegate in Virginia. 

His mother told Politico he is also a veteran who served as a Marine in Iraq.  

Klein is one of more than 300 people facing federal charges for their part in the violent riot that claimed five lives on January 6.

Trump was impeached by the House in January for inciting the riot after he told supporters to ‘fight’ and pushed false claims the election was ‘rigged’ during a rally moments before the mob stormed the Capitol. 

He was acquitted by the Senate but several rioters such as the QAnon Shaman claim they believed they were acting on the request of the then-president.    

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