Michigan GOP gubernatorial candidate Ryan Kelley charged for participation in Jan. 6 Capitol riot

Michigan Republican gubernatorial candidate Ryan Kelley was arrested Thursday morning and charged with participating in the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia.

Kelley was taken into custody in Allendale, where he lives, and faces four misdemeanor charges “stemming from the Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol breach,” according to prosecutors. He will make his first court appearance later Thursday; it was not immediately clear if he had retained an attorney who could comment on his behalf.

Kelley is not accused in the court documents of entering the Capitol itself. Instead, he is charged with being on restricted grounds, engaging in disorderly conduct and other misdemeanors.

According to Kelley’s arrest affidavit, multiple tips — the first coming just 10 days after Jan. 6 — were sent in to the FBI with videos and images showing his participation in the riot at the Capitol.

Kelley is among at least three other public officials who have been charged for allegedly participating in the Capitol riot. Couy Griffin, an Otero, New Mexico, county commissioner was found guilty of one misdemeanor charge this past March after a one-week bench trial.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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