The former Olympic gold medalist swimmer Klete Keller faces three federal prices, together with obstructing regulation enforcement and disorderly conduct, because of his entry into the U.S. Capitol throughout final week’s violent protests in Washington.
Keller, 38, was recognized after he appeared in a video posted on-line by a reporter from the conservative web site Townhall, in response to an announcement of information by an F.B.I. agent included within the charging paperwork.
Keller did little to cover his id, coming into the Capitol Rotunda sporting a Team U.S.A. jacket and with his face overlaying pulled down round his neck. He can also be 6-foot-6, which the assertion of information famous made him seem like “one of the tallest individuals in the video.”
Several former teammates and coaches stated they acknowledged Keller within the video due to his dimension and since he was sporting a U.S. Olympic group jacket that had “USA” printed throughout the again and down the sleeves.
The charging documents, filed in United States District Court for the District of Columbia, don’t expansively describe what Keller did within the Capitol past the very fact that officers tried to take away him and others round him from the Rotunda. He was charged with obstructing regulation enforcement, knowingly coming into or remaining in any restricted constructing or grounds with out lawful authority and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.
A swimming information website, SwimSwam, first reported Keller’s presence on the Capitol riot on Monday. Its report is cited within the paperwork charging Keller. The New York Times confirmed Keller’s presence on the Capitol in interviews with former teammates and coaches on Tuesday.
Efforts to achieve Keller have been unsuccessful. But on Tuesday night time, the Colorado actual property agency that had employed him for the previous three years, Hoff & Leigh, additionally appeared to substantiate his participation in final week’s violent assault on the Capitol when it introduced that Keller had resigned “effective immediately.”
“Hoff & Leigh supports the right of free speech and lawful protest but we cannot condone actions that violate the rule of law,” the corporate stated in a short assertion.
Few of the people who acknowledged Keller within the video expressed shock at his presence in Washington. His deleted social media accounts, a number of of them stated, had in recent times included a stream of pro-Trump messaging.
Keller was a member of three U.S. Olympic groups, and he received medals at three Olympics, together with golds on the Athens Games in 2004 and the Beijing Games in 2008 as a member of relay groups that included Michael Phelps. Keller additionally received a silver medal within the occasion on the 2000 Sydney Games, in addition to two particular person bronzes.