WASHINGTON – A former politically appointed Trump accused of fighting police during the Capitol uprising told a federal judge that his prison cell is crawling with insects.
Federico Klein, 42, was arrested Thursday and detained at a Washington jail. During a short court appearance per. Telephone Friday afternoon, he was informed of the six charges against him, two of whom have a maximum of 20 years in prison.
A hearing was set for Tuesday, March 9, on whether he should be detained pending trial.
When he was told he would be detained at the hearing next week, he said: “I wonder if there is a place where I can be detained where I do not have cockroaches crawling everywhere while I try to sleep. I have not slept very much. “
A public defender assured him he would be in another cell Friday night.
Records show that Klein worked on the Trump campaign and became a low-level political nominee in the State Department shortly after former President Donald Trump took office. Klein resigned on January 19, so he was still a federal employee on the day of the Capitol uprising.
The FBI said in court documents that Klein can be seen on video taken during the riots that resisted police officers on Jan. 6, tried to take items from them and attacked them with a riot shield. The documents claim that he “violently pushed the shield into an officer’s body in an attempt to break the police line.”
It appears to be the first criminal case linked to a member of the Trump administration stemming from the January 6 uprising.