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Ex-Olympian Who Wore His Team USA Jacket At The Capitol Riots Has Been Charged

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Ex-Olympian Who Wore His Team USA Jacket At The Capitol Riots Has Been Charged

An Olympic gold medallist who wore his Team USA shirt to the violent Capitol insurrection last week has been charged for his involvement in the riot.

Klete Keller was allegedly part of the pro-Trump group that vandalised the government building last week. The 38-year-old won two relay gold medals in the 2004 and 2008 Olympics.

Keller being congratulated by team mate Michael Phelps in the 2004 Olympics. Credit: PA
Keller being congratulated by team mate Michael Phelps in the 2004 Olympics. Credit: PA

But, he now faces charges of knowingly entering or remaining in a restricted building, disorderly conduct in the Capitol building and impeding law enforcement.

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In the criminal complaint brought against him, authorities identified the Olympian using footage posted online. The document showed Keller's shirt and logo, with a close up of a logo for comparison.

Credit: Criminal Complaint
Credit: Criminal Complaint

The complaint reads: "PERSON 1 can be seen standing in the Rotunda still wearing the dark-colored USA jacket, which also appears to bear a Nike logo on the front right side and a red and white Olympic patch on the front left side."

Credit: Criminal Complaint
Credit: Criminal Complaint
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Since he retired from his swimming career, Keller has worked in real estate, but following the incident, the company he worked for said he had resigned.

Hoff & Leigh released a statement which read: "Hoff & Leigh supports the right of free speech and lawful protest, but we cannot condone actions that violate the rule of law."

Sarah Hirshland, CEO of The US Olympic and Paralympic Committee CEO, condemned the scenes that took place at the Capitol.

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In a statement, she said: "As many of you know, there are reports of an alumni Olympic athlete involved in the horrific acts at the US Capitol building last week.

"I strongly condemn the actions of the rioters at the US Capitol. They do not represent the values of the United States of America or of Team USA."

After the violence - which resulted in the deaths of five people - the US president, Donald Trump, was impeached for a second time for his role in the incident.

A majority of the US House of Representatives voted yesterday (13 January) to impeach the 45th president of the Donald Trump.

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Members of the National Guard arrive on Capitol Hill during the Impeachment debate. Credit: PA
Members of the National Guard arrive on Capitol Hill during the Impeachment debate. Credit: PA

The final vote was 232 in favour, 197 against.

The impeachment of the president means that now the Senate will have to decide whether to convict Trump on a charge of inciting an insurrection.

Part of the article of impeachment reads: "Donald John Trump engaged in high Crimes and Misdemeanors by inciting violence against the Government of the United States.

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"Donald John Trump, by such conduct, has demonstrated that he will remain a threat to national security, democracy, and the Constitution if allowed to remain in office."

Featured Image Credit: Townhall Media

Topics: US News

Amelia Ward
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