US gubernatorial candidate arrested over Capitol attack

US gubernatorial candidate arrested for Capitol attack

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  • Ryan Kelley was arrested for his role in the US Capitol riots accused of a misdemeanor. Photo: Jake May/The Flint Journal/via AP/dpa

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Republican Ryan Kelley is accused of violence in the storming of the US Capitol. The 40 year old real estate agent wants to run against Michigan’s Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in the fall.


A candidate for governor of the US state of Michigan has been arrested for his part in the storming of the Capitol in Washington.

This was preceded by a criminal complaint against Republican Ryan Kelley, according to documents from the US Department of Justice on Thursday (local time) emerges. Kelley has been charged with multiple misdemeanors, including using violence against anyone or property on a prohibited property and damaging federal property.

The FBI arrested Kelley at his Allendale home, multiple US media reported. The gubernatorial candidate appeared before a court in Grand Rapids after his arrest, but was then released. At the 16. A virtual hearing for Kelley is reportedly scheduled for June. The candidate’s house was also searched on Thursday.

Arrest before the first public hearing

The arrest took place just hours before the start of the first public hearing in the House of Representatives investigative committee into the attack on the US Capitol almost a year and a half ago. Supporters of then Republican President Donald Trump stormed the House of Parliament in Washington on January 6 2020. They wanted to prevent Democrat Joe Biden’s November 2020 victory from being confirmed. The attack killed several people and injured dozens.

Kelley, a 16 year-old real estate agent, is one of five candidates who want to run against Michigan’s Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in the fall. (dpa)

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