The previous Olympic gold medalist swimmer Klete Keller faces three federal expenses, together with obstructing regulation enforcement and disorderly conduct, on account of his entry into the U.S. Capitol throughout final week’s violent protests in Washington.
Keller, 38, was identified after he appeared in a video posted on-line by a reporter from the conservative web site Townhall, in accordance with a press release of details by an F.B.I. agent included within the charging paperwork on Wednesday.
Keller did little to cover his identification, getting into the Capitol Rotunda sporting a Crew U.S.A. jacket and together with his face masking pulled down round his neck. He’s additionally 6-foot-6, which the assertion of details famous made him look like “one of many tallest people within the video.”
A number of former teammates and coaches stated they acknowledged Keller within the video due to his dimension and due to his Olympic staff jacket, which had “USA” printed throughout the again and down the sleeves.
The F.B.I. particular agent who wrote the charging paperwork stated further publicly obtainable movies and articles confirmed Keller’s presence on the Capitol, and that the photograph from his Colorado driver’s license was used to establish him.
The charging documents, filed in United States District Courtroom for the District of Columbia, don’t expansively describe what Keller did within the Capitol past the truth that officers tried to take away him and others round him from the Rotunda. He was charged with obstructing regulation enforcement, knowingly getting into or remaining in any restricted constructing or grounds with out lawful authority and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.
A swimming information web site, SwimSwam, first reported Keller’s presence on the Capitol riot on Monday. Its report is cited within the paperwork charging Keller. The New York Occasions confirmed Keller’s presence on the Capitol in interviews with former teammates and coaches on Tuesday.
Efforts to succeed in Keller have been unsuccessful. On Tuesday evening, the Colorado actual property agency that had employed him for the previous three years, Hoff & Leigh, appeared to substantiate his participation in final week’s violent assault on the Capitol when it introduced that Keller had resigned “efficient instantly.”
“Hoff & Leigh helps the fitting of free speech and lawful protest however we can’t condone actions that violate the rule of regulation,” the corporate stated in a short assertion. Like Keller, it deleted its social media accounts as phrase unfold of Keller’s involvement within the Capitol assault.
Few of the individuals who acknowledged Keller within the video expressed shock at his presence in Washington. His deleted social media accounts, a number of of them stated, had lately included a stream of pro-Trump messaging. In November, he posted pictures of himself at an earlier election protest in Washington to his Fb account.
Keller was a member of three U.S. Olympic groups, and he received medals at three Olympics, together with golds on the Athens Video games in 2004 and the Beijing Video games in 2008 as a member of the 4×200-meter freestyle relay groups that included Michael Phelps. Keller additionally received a silver medal within the occasion on the 2000 Sydney Video games, in addition to two particular person bronzes.