Michigan GOP candidate for governor Ryan Kelley arrested by FBI

Republican candidate for Michigan governor Ryan Kelley was arrested by the FBI on Thursday and was taken into custody while at his home.

The FBI arrested Kelley on misdemeanor charges related to his involvement in the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia. The Republican candidate was seen at the Capitol on the day of the attack, although he has maintained that he never entered the building. 

“Mr. Kelley is to make his initial appearance this afternoon in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan,” Bill Miller, a spokesman for the D.C. Attorney’s Office, told the Washington Examiner. “A complaint is merely an allegation, and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.”

Kelley was arrested on charges of knowingly entering or remaining in a restricted building or grounds without lawful authority and engaging in disorderly and disruptive conduct on restricted grounds during the Jan. 6 riot, according to the case filing. He was also charged with knowingly engaging in acts of violence against a person or property while in a restricted building or on restricted grounds.

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