Former Trump Appointee Federico Klein Faces New Charges in Connection With Capitol Riot

Frederico Klein, who was appointed by former President Donald Trump to work in the State Department, is facing new charges that he "forcibly" assaulted a police officer during the January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.

Klein was already accused of being in the "first wave" of the pro-Trump mob that attacked the Capitol in an effort to overturn President Joe Biden's election victory. Prosecutors previously said that Klein ignored orders from officers protecting the Capitol and used a shield to block law enforcement from securing the entrance to the Capitol. But a newly posted indictment expanded the charges against the former midlevel aide in the State Department.

The newly posted indictment, which was first reported by Scott MacFarlane of NBC affiliate WRC-TV in Washington, alleged that Klein used "a deadly or dangerous weapon, that is, a shield, did forcibly assault, resist, oppose, impede, intimidate, and interfere with" an officer of the District of Columbia's Metropolitan Police Department.

The indictment alleges that Klein was "Assaulting, Resisting, or Impeding Certain Officers and Aiding and Abetting." It says these alleged actions were in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 111(a)(1) and 2).

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A former Donald Trump appointee to a State Department job is facing new charges in connection with the assault on the U.S. Capitol in January. Above, Trump supporters clash with police and security forces as they storm the Capitol on January 6. Brent Stirton/Getty Images

Klein was offered a plea deal by prosecutors in June, but he rejected the offer at the time. His attorney, Stanley Woodward, said in court that the offer had been rejected because it was not "reasonable," although he did not elaborate.

According to prosecutors, Klein was allegedly part of a mob of pro-Trump rioters in a tunnel near the west front terrace of the Capitol. The Justice Department submitted a video from an officer's body camera that shows a small wall of officers attempting to hold off the rioters in the tunnel. The officers can be heard yelling "back up" and "stop" at the crowd.

More than 570 people have been arrested in connection with the riot. The pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol after the former president urged his supporters to "fight like hell" and march to the legislative building in a bid to keep him in office.

All House Democrats and 10 House Republicans voted to impeach Trump in the wake of the attack. Although seven GOP senators voted with all 50 members of the Senate's Democratic Caucus to convict Trump of inciting the violence, this fell short of the high constitutional threshold—a two-thirds majority—required for a successful guilty vote.

The rioters were largely animated by Trump's and his allies' false claims that the 2020 election was "rigged" or "stolen" by Biden and the Democrats. The allegations have been thoroughly litigated in state and federal courts, with judges appointed by Republicans and Democrats rejecting often bizarre claims. While the allegations of widespread voter fraud have been wholly discredited, many Republican voters continue to believe the former president's falsehoods.

Newsweek reached out to Klein's attorney for further comment on the newly posted indictment but did not immediately receive a response.