Judge releases Trump appointee charged in Capitol riot

However, the appointment of President George W. Bush dismissed prosecutor’s arguments that Klein’s role in government made him more dangerous than others arrested for participating in the January 6 violence. The decision is a “close call”.

“Klein no longer works for or is affiliated with the federal government and there is no indication that he could misuse previously obtained classified information to the detriment of the United States,” the judge wrote. “It is also important that he has contact, in the past or present, with people who might want to take action against this country.”

According to Bates, prosecutors had strong evidence – mainly from police officers’ body-worn cameras – that Klein was using a protective shield to push the police and jammed the shield in one place so that officers could not close a door. These actions have resulted in Klein being charged with civil unrest, obstruction of an official process, and attacking a police officer with a dangerous weapon, as well as a number of offenses.

However, the judge stressed that Klein’s behavior did not include the level of brutality that some other rioters displayed.

“His behavior does not approach the upper end of the spectrum of violence that occurred and was threatened that day,” the judge wrote in a 28-page order issued Monday afternoon. “Any future risk he poses can be mitigated by supervision and other stringent conditions upon his release.”

Bates also said Klein’s ability to get a security clearance and work experience demonstrated that he was able to live a “law-abiding life.”

Klein will instead face restrictions that include GPS monitoring and travel restrictions preventing him from entering the Capitol grounds or leaving his home, with the exception of professional, medical, legal, and religious matters.

Bates also used the ruling to point out that threats to the Capitol had lessened since Jan. 6 – a point a federal appeals court raised last month in a ruling that reworded the riot suspect last month Other resolution of their cases should remain incarcerated to their judicial proceedings or prison terms.

“While security threats are always around the Capitol,” Bates wrote, “specific concerns have increased following the January 6th events about future protests and violent attacks on the government on January 20th, March 4th and elsewhere. ” Now, three months later, they have disintegrated to some extent, although troops and defenses are still in place. “

Klein worked on the Trump campaign in 2016 and was later hired at the State Department. As of last summer, he was listed on a federal register as a special assistant in the Western Hemisphere Affairs Bureau and was appointed Policy Officer for Schedule C.

A department spokesman confirmed the assignment, saying Klein started out as a member of the Trump transition team in the department.

According to a former colleague who spoke on condition of anonymity, Klein worked in the Foreign Ministry’s Brazilian and Southern Bowling Office for a while before being transferred to the office that handles Freedom of Information Law inquiries.

During Trump’s 2016 campaign, Klein – aka Freddie – worked as a “tech analyst” according to Federal Election Commission records. There he earned $ 15,000. This comes from a financial disclosure he filed upon joining the State Department. He received an additional $ 5,000 from the campaign in 2017, FEC records show.

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