A leading candidate for GOP governor of Michigan is now behind bars for his alleged involvement in the January 6 attack on the Capitol in Washington DC.
Ryan Kelley was arrested Thursday on misdemeanor charges and marks another escalation in the investigation into the attempted insurrection.
Kelley's Alleged Role
Kelley was taken into custody Thursday, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia.
Kelley is one of 5 candidates on the GOP primary for Michigan governor and was gaining traction among voters.
Kelley faces four counts of misdemeanor charges, including entering a restricted space and engaging in any act of physical violence against a person or property.
Politico reports, "Kelley is also charged with willingly injuring or committing depredation against any property of the United States. The FBI alleges Kelley can be seen in images ripping a cover off of scaffolding on the Capitol building during the riot.
Law enforcement received multiple tips regarding Kelley’s presence at the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021 — when a mob of former President Donald Trump’s supporters stormed the building to stop the electoral vote count certifying President Joe Biden’s win in the 2020 election. The FBI alleges Kelley appears in a number of publicly available images and videos from the riot, wearing aviator sunglasses and a black baseball cap worn backwards."
The person identified in the FBI statement of facts can be seen among the crowd pushing into the Capitol building on January 6, and climbing an architectural feature.
Kelley will face a hearing this afternoon in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Proud Boys Indicted: Who's Next?
Kelley's arrest comes just hours before the House panel investigating the January 6 riots begins holding public hearings.
Earlier this week, other high-profile individuals were indicted in connection with the riot - five leaders of the alt right white supremacist group Proud Boys. They are being charged with seditious conspiracy, the most aggressive charges levied against those involved in January 6 so far.
In addition, several members of the far right group Oath Keepers have also been indicted in the events leading up to and during the January 6 riots.
CNN writes, "The Justice Department has brought one other seditious conspiracy case, the gravest charge to emerge from the Capitol attack, against the leaders of the Oath Keepers, who are accused of extensively planning and preparing for violence on January 6. Prosecutors have already secured three guilty pleas to seditious conspiracy in that case."
Navarro and Others Tight-Lipped Despite Congressional Censure Measures
While leaders of the January 6 riots are being arrested, those at the very top are escaping accountability.
Peter Navarro, former advisor to former President Donald Trump, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and others are all being pressured by the House panel to testify - but refusing to do so.
Questions remain about which political figures knew what in the days leading up to January 6 and who was involved on the day of - but with those at the top staying tight-lipped, it's becoming increasingly difficult for the House panel to piece together the full picture.
However, with public hearings beginning today - the voters will be able to see more of the picture than they've been given before, even as the panel continues the feverish search for who's behind the curtain.