A Trump appointee who was arrested over the Capitol riot asked a judge if he could be transferred to a cell with no cockroaches

Yelena Dzhanova
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  • A former State Department aide arrested over the Capitol riot has complained of his cell conditions.

  • The former aide, Federico Klein, told a judge he felt "cockroaches crawling" all over him.

  • Klein is believed to be the first Trump appointee arrested in connection to the Capitol riot.

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A former Trump-appointed aide arrested in connection to the US Capitol riot has complained to a judge about the conditions in his jail cell - including cockroaches.

Authorities arrested Federico Klein, a former staff assistant at the State Department, on Thursday, saying in an affidavit that he was seen attacking police officers during the January 6 insurrection.

The affidavit also said he was seen on video "physically and verbally" engaging with police officers. Klein was spotted in a MAGA hat and described in the affidavit as "resisting officers, attempting to take items from officers, and assaulting officers with a riot shield."

Since his arrest, Klein has been held in a detention facility but asked a judge to be moved elsewhere because of poor conditions.

"I wonder if there's a place where I can stay in detention where I don't have cockroaches crawling over me while I attempt to sleep," he said, according to a report from The Washington Post. "I mean, I really haven't slept all that much, your honor. It would be nice if I could sleep in a place where there were not cockroaches everywhere."

The judge, Zia M. Faruqui, told Klein in response that he would soon be moved to another jail in Washington, DC. Faruqui also said the conditions would be addressed at his present cell.

"Very well, I appreciate that," Klein said, according to The Post.

The Capitol riot left five people dead, including one police officer. In the weeks after, insurrectionists scrambled to delete photos and social-media posts proving their participation.

Klein joined the State Department in 2017 just ahead of Donald Trump's inauguration, according to a public database. He had a salary of $66,510.

He faces felony charges in connection to the riot.

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