A gubernatorial candidate in the state of Michigan was taken into custody Thursday morning for his alleged role in the 1月. 6, 2021, 暴動 アメリカで. 国会議事堂.
PEOPLE confirms through online records that FBI agents arrested Ryan Kelley in Allendale, ミク。, 木曜日に, 連邦裁判所に刑事訴状が提出された翌日.
苦情によると, Kelley — who is one of five candidates hoping to clinch the Republican nomination for Michigan governor in an upcoming primary election — is charged with knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority; 制限された建物または敷地内での無秩序で破壊的な行為; 立ち入り禁止の建物や敷地内で、故意に人や財産に対する身体的暴力行為に関与すること; 米国の財産を故意に傷つけたり略奪したりすること.
A statement of facts explaining the charges paints a picture of Kelley’s alleged actions in D.C. 1月に. 6, explaining how a man agents believe to be him climbed onto the Capitol grounds’ architectural features, removed the covering from a temporary structure on the grounds, used his phone to film the crowd assaulting police officers, and repeatedly motioned for the crowd to move toward the Capitol entrance.
The statement also highlights Kelley’s past involvement with political protests, including speaking at a “Stop the Steal” rally in Lansing in November of 2020, where he is quoted saying, “Covid-19 was made so that they can use the propaganda to control your minds so that you think, if you watch the media, that Joe Biden won this election.”
彼は続けた, “We’re not going to buy it. We’re going to stand and fight for America, for Donald Trump. We’re not going to let the Democrats steal this election.”
Kelley’s arrest comes at a particularly troubling time for the Michigan Republican Party, which is struggling to find a candidate strong enough to unseat Democratic incumbent 政府. グレッチェン・ホイットマー 十一月に.
先月, five GOP candidates for Michigan governor — including two of the frontrunners — were disqualified from the race after state elections officials said they submitted fraudulent signatures on their petitions to run.
The shocking discovery threw the GOP race into flux only two months before the primary, leaving no obvious frontrunner — though some recent polls placed Kelley at the front of the pack.
Responding to Kelley’s arrest in a statement shared with PEOPLE Thursday, Michigan Democratic Party Chair Lavora Barnes said, “Just days after their field was cut in half due to corruption and mass fraud, Republican gubernatorial candidates’ callous disregard for the principles of democracy was on full display again today.”
Barnes’ statement also took the opportunity to criticize the other four GOP gubernatorial candidates.
“Tudor Dixon, ギャレット・ソルダーノ, ケビン・リンケ, and Ralph Rebandt have equally shouldered the same baseless lies about 2020 that spurred Ryan Kelley to storm the capital in search of war,” 彼女は言いました. “Michiganders won’t forget the role they played in dismantling public trust in democracy.”
PEOPLE was unable to reach Kelley and his team on Thursday, and a request for comment from the Michigan Republican Party was not immediately returned.
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木曜日の夜, アメリカ. House committee examining the Jan. 6 Capitol riots will hold its first public hearing, revealing what representatives have learned through an exhaustive investigation involving several interviews.
今週, members of the bipartisan committee have hinted that shocking revelations will be put on display.
In an interview with Washington Post Live on Monday, 担当者. Jamie Raskin of Maryland said, “The select committee has found evidence about a lot more than incitement here, and we’re gonna be laying out the evidence about all of the actors who were pivotal to what took place on Jan. 6.”
“We are going to tell the story of a conspiracy to overturn the 2020 presidential election and block the transfer of power,” 彼は言った.