FBI agents arrested Michigan Republican gubernatorial candidate Ryan Kelley this morning while executing search and arrest warrants at his home. (RELATED: Lauren Boebert Under Investigation for Tax Fraud)
FBI spokeswoman Special Agent Mara Schneider confirmed that agents raided Kelley’s residence in Allendale, near Grand Rapids.
As the Detroit Free Press reports:
Kelley was arrested “on misdemeanor charges stemming from the Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol breach,” and is to appear in federal court in Grand Rapids Thursday, the U.S. Department of Justice said in a statement.
Kelley, who sells real estate, was at the Capitol in Washington, D.C. when protestors rioted and illegally entered the building on Jan. 6, 2021, though he never confirmed he went inside and has denied doing anything illegal.
Police officers at certain entrances did allow members of the crowd to enter the Capitol Building, in some cases waving them in. (RELATED: First Outright Acquittal Given to Jan. 6 Defendant)
The Free Press has more on Kelley’s campaign and details from today’s court documents:
In an affidavit related to Thursday’s complaint, an agent said Kelley was seen on video “wearing a black hat and a black coat … in a crowd of people who are assaulting and pushing past law enforcement officers.” Kelley also “climbed onto and stood on an architectural feature next to the North West stairs and indicated by waving his hand that the crowd behind him should move towards the stairs” leading into the building, the affidavit said.
The latest survey showed Kelley leading the GOP primary. His rise in the polls followed a controversial decision by state election officials to remove the leading Republican gubernatorial candidates from the ballot (over alleged signature forgeries). (RELATED: Republican Frontrunner Ruled Ineligible for Ballot)