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Klete Keller. Photo: Donald Miralle/Getty Images

American swimmer Klete Keller, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, pled guilty in federal court Wednesday to a single charge in connection to his appearance at the Jan. 6 Capitol riot as part of a plea deal, NBC News reports.

Driving the news: Keller, who faced seven federal charges for participating in the Capitol riot, pled guilty to a felony charge of obstructing an official proceeding in exchange for prosecutors dismissing the six other charges, per CNBC.

The big picture: The charge Keller pled guilty to has an estimated sentencing range from 21 to 27 months in prison; a sentencing date has not been set, CNBC reports.

  • Keller, who competed at the 2000, 2004 and 2008 Olympics, has agreed to cooperate with the prosecutors in their investigation and may be called to testify in other proceedings, per NBC News.
  • The former Olympian was identified by former teammates and coaches as being among the rioters after a video circulated on social media showing the 6-foot-6-inch swimmer towering over a crowd that was pushing and shoving police officers.

What they're saying: “At the time, I acted to affect the government by stopping or delaying the Congressional proceeding, and, in fact, did so,” Keller wrote in a statement of offense, per the Los Angeles Times.

  • “I accomplished this by intimidating or coercing government personnel who were participating in or supporting the Congressional proceeding," he added.
  • Keller's attorney, Edward MacMahon, told the judge Wednesday that Keller "is trying to make amends for his terrible mistake," per NBC News.

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Updated Oct 14, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Judge accepts guilty plea of Marine who criticized Afghanistan withdrawal

A C-17 Globemaster takes off from Kabul, Afghanistan, on Aug. 29, 2021. Photo: Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times via Getty

A U.S. military judge on Thursday accepted the guilty plea of a Marine who publicly criticized the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.

The latest: Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller faces the possibility of a letter of reprimand and forfeiture of two-thirds of one month’s pay for a year, according to The Washington Post.

U.S. border cities again see low violent crime rates

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Data: FBI, Kansas Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Census Bureau; Chart: Jared Whalen/Axios

Reported violent crime in the United States rose in 2020 for the first time in four years, but violent crime rates in 11 of the largest communities along the U.S.-Mexico border stayed below the national average, an Axios analysis found. 

Why it matters: Year after year, data showing low violent crime rates in majority-Mexican American and Mexican immigrant border communities dispels myths of the U.S.-Mexico border as a region filled with crime and chaos.

Biden says presidency "will be determined" by outcome of spending plans

President Biden walks with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi after addressing the House Democratic caucus on Thursday. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

President Biden told the House Democratic caucus Thursday "my presidency will be determined" by the votes he wants in the next week on his $1.75 trillion social safety net expansion and $1.2 trillion infrastructure package.

Driving the news: Biden made the comment, according to a source in the room, as he tried to rally support for the $1.75 trillion package. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi acted immediately, calling for a vote on the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill later in the day.