Jul 25, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Far-right media personality "Baked Alaska" pleads guilty to Jan. 6 charge

Far-right livestreamer Baked Alaska is cheered on by people associated with the far-right group America First in front of Pfizer world headquarters on Nov. 13, 2021, in New York City. Photo: Stephanie Keith/Getty Images

The far-right media personality known as "Baked Alaska" pleaded guilty on Friday to unlawfully protesting at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.

Driving the news: Anthime Gionet, also known as "Baked Alaska," livestreamed himself breaching the Capitol for nearly 30 minutes on Jan. 6, according to court documents.

  • Once inside the Capitol, Gionet encouraged other rioters to join him. As he was ushered out of the building by law enforcement, Gionet yelled at a police officer, telling him he broke his "oath to the Constitution."
  • Lawyers initially reached a plea agreement in May, but Gionet upended these efforts by proclaiming his innocence at a hearing, CNN reported. Prosecutors gave Gionet two more months to consider the plea agreement, per CNN.

The big picture: More than 800 people have been arrested in connection with the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, according to the Department of Justice.

Go deeper