Pro-Trump social media influencer pleads guilty in Capitol riot

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Pro-Trump social media influencer Brandon Straka pleaded guilty on Wednesday to disorderly conduct as part of a plea deal regarding his appearance at the January 6 Capitol riot. Washington Post.

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running news: In exchange for a misdemeanor conviction, prosecutors dropped a felony of obstructing police during a civil disorder. According to the Post, Straka agreed to cooperate with prosecutors in their investigation by turning over evidence and consenting to law enforcement interviews.

big picture: According to the Justice Department, Straka is a former liberal who gathered a following by launching a “walkaway campaign” that urged Democrats to leave his party. criminal complaint.

  • On January 6, Straka, who was a frequent guest on conservative media networks, also spoke at a rally for former President Trump, criticizing the election results before the Capitol rebellion, Courthouse News Service Report.
  • In Straka’s video of the day, filmed during the Capitol riots, he can be heard shouting to the crowd, “We’re going in” and shouting “Take it! Take it!” As the rioters tried to snatch a police officer’s shield from him as per the criminal complaint.

what to watch: According to the Post’s report, Straka’s sentence has been fixed for December 17.

  • If convicted, Straka faces up to six months in prison.


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