Republican candidate for Michigan governor charged over US Capitol riot

Kelley, 40, was arrested in western Michigan and awaits a court hearing in Grand Rapids

Associated Press reporters

Ryan Kelley has been charged over the US Capitol riot. Picture: Jenifer Veloso/The Flint Journal via AP

Ryan Kelley, one of five Republican candidates for Michigan governor and an ardent defender of former president Donald Trump, has been charged over his role in the 2021 post-election riot at the US Capitol.

Kelley, 40, was arrested in western Michigan and awaits a court hearing in Grand Rapids, FBI spokeswoman Mara Schneider said.

His arrest came hours before the House committee investigating the insurrection holds a widely anticipated public hearing, showing never-seen video, audio and an array of evidence highlighting the deadly violence that erupted on January 6 2021.

It is not clear why authorities decided to move against Kelley now. He has previously acknowledged that he was at the insurrection though he did not go inside the Capitol. But nearly 18 months later, the government continues to charge more people.

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