Klein, 42, is the only known representative of former President Donald Trump to bring charges related to violating the Capitol. He was seen on Capitol security and police cameras repeatedly attacking police in a tunnel under the Capitol’s west entrance. According to the prosecutor, Klein spent 30 minutes in the tunnel at the front of a mob that was “fanatically” involved in brutal hand-to-hand fighting with officers. While in the crowd, he repeatedly urged “fresh people” to turn and crowd into the Capitol, the government claims.
Recalling the admonition, Faruqui said Klein had taken a “leadership position” which shows that he continues to pose a threat to the community – especially while the Capitol is in a highly militarized stance amid ongoing security threats.
“There is a real danger of violence,” he said, “and if someone is an organizer or leader, or someone is in a position of authority and is not incarcerated, they can go back and try to use such violence.”
Faruqui also mocked defense claims that it was unclear how Klein obtained the shield he allegedly wedged against a door when police tried to shut down to lock out the rioters.
“I think it goes without saying that if you are not a cop, you shouldn’t use a cop’s tools,” said the judge.
Klein, who worked on the Trump campaign in 2016 before being transferred to the Western Hemisphere Office at the State Department, was arrested last week after a former colleague helped authorities identify him. Klein, who has a top-secret security clearance, remained employed at the State Department until his resignation on Jan.
Prosecutors argued that Klein’s position in the department underscored the need to hold him pending trial. He took an oath on the constitution, they argued, and then violated it to commit a violent attack on the Capitol.
“The government trusted him,” said US assistant attorney Jocelyn Bond. “He really wasted it.”
Klein’s attorney, Stanley Woodward, argued that the government had failed to prove that his client was the one featured in the videos of the attack on officers. He also said prosecutors had failed to show that Klein tried to reverse the election results, despite claiming that was his motive. And he noted that Klein was serving in the Marine Corps in Iraq.
Klein has made public his displeasure with his detention. During his first court appearance last week, he complained of cockroaches in the cell block where he slept overnight. On Tuesday, he specifically noted that he appeared from an “cinder block room” for the hearing.