The Department of Justice charged Straka with impeding a law enforcement officer during civil disorder; knowingly entering and remaining on restricted grounds without lawful authority and then engaging in disorderly conduct within proximity to a restricted building to impede official functions; and engaging in disorderly conduct with intent to disturb a hearing before Congress. He was released Tuesday on several conditions pending his next court appearance.
Prosecutors say they have screenshots of since deleted tweets showing Straka's involvement in the siege of the Capitol. One allegedly read "Patriots at the Capitol - HOLD. THE. LINE!!!" In another he allegedly admits he entered the capital as "police began tear gassing."
A video posted to YouTube by a witness to the events provided more detail to Straka's actions that day. In the video he can be seen at the Capitol building saying "We're going in. We're going in. The people are going in." At a later time, Straka is seen directing rioters to disarm a U.S. Capitol Police officer using a shield to protect himself. "Take it away from him!"
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