Jun 10, 2022 - Politics

FBI arrests Ryan Kelley over Jan. 6 charge

Ryan Kelley stands in front of a Confederate statue in Allendale in 2020.
Ryan Kelley, wearing the same sunglasses he wore to the Jan. 6 riot, stands in front of a Confederate statue in Allendale in 2020. Photo: Samuel Robinson/Axios

Republican gubernatorial candidate Ryan Kelley was arrested by FBI agents yesterday following a search of his Allendale home.

Driving the news: Kelley is facing misdemeanor charges stemming from the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, a spokesperson for the U.S. District Court said in a statement.

Why it matters: A former township planning commissioner in Allendale, Kelley is one of five candidates who qualified for August's Republican primary.

Details: Kelley was charged with knowingly entering or remaining in a restricted building or grounds without lawful authority during the riot, as well as disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds, court documents show.

  • One video provided as evidence shows Kelley in a crowd of people assaulting and pushing past law enforcement officers outside of the Capitol.

What they're saying: Kelley has the support of the state party and GOP primary opponents Garrett Soldano and Kevin Rinke, who both expressed concern for the FBI's handling of the arrest.

  • The charges could become part of the consideration for former President Trump's endorsement, Republican political strategist Andrea Bitely tells Axios.
  • "This changes the dynamic … Kelley went from having zero name ID to having more than any other remaining candidate," Bitely says.

What we're watching: Kelley was released yesterday on bond, where he was met by far-right attorney general candidate Matt DeParno, who has been endorsed by Trump.

  • He will next appear in court by video on June 16, MLive reports.
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