A former Donald Trump political appointee at the State Department who tried to storm the Capitol and assaulted law enforcement officers on Jan. 6, 2021, was sentenced to 70 months in prison on Friday.
Federico Klein was arrested in March 2021 and convicted of eight felonies as well as misdemeanor offenses by U.S. District Judge Trevor McFadden, also a Trump appointee, in July 2023 following a bench trial.
Klein did not speak during his sentencing hearing and declined to comment after the hearing when NBC News asked him if he continued to believe that the election was stolen and if he had any regrets about his actions that day.
McFadden said that Klein’s conduct was “shocking and egregious,” and suggested his sentence would have been higher had Klein not already been on home detention for two years. Klein, McFadden said, was “intent on breaking into the building,” and said he was “astonished” by Klein’s behavior on Jan. 6.
“This is a government of laws, not of men,” McFadden said, adding that Klein seemed determined to reverse that maxim. McFadden said he’d seen no evidence that Klein felt remorse. [Continue reading…]