Former State Department aide arrested in connection with Capitol riot

A former State Department aide during the Trump administration has been arrested in connection with the pro-Trump riot at the U.S. Capitol, according to an FBI spokesperson and documents.

Federico Klein was arrested Thursday by the FBI in Virginia, but the agency would not discuss the charges or the case, and court documents did not appear to be online.

Politico first reported the arrest.

Government records show Klein worked on Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign and was hired at the State Department in January 2017.

Government files show that at least into 2020, Klein was serving as a political appointee at the State Department as a special assistant in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs.

An FBI spokesperson referred further questions to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia.

An emailed request for comment from that office was not immediately returned Thursday night.

The State Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

More than 200 people have been charged and accused of taking part in the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol. Federal prosecutors allege a wide range of motives and behavior, from extreme violence to apparent ignorance that what they were doing was illegal.

Some have been accused of assaulting police officers and threatening to attack lawmakers, while others are charged with the lesser offense of illegally entering a protected building.

Michael Kosnar contributed.