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Alleged Capitol rioter's brother is a Secret Service agent who once led Michelle Obama's detail

January 25, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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The brother of an alleged US Capitol rioter is a US Secret Service agent who once led former first lady Michelle Obama's detail, CNN has learned.

(CNN)The brother of an alleged US Capitol rioter is a US Secret Service agent who once led former first lady Michelle Obama's detail, CNN has learned.

Preston Fairlamb III, the brother of Scott Fairlamb -- a man who faces five charges connected to his alleged role in the Capitol insurrection -- is a member of the Secret Service and, according to Obama's 2018 memoir, had "led my detail" at one point.

Preston Fairlamb led my detail then," Obama wrote in "Becoming. " She attended the 2012 memorial service for the Fairlamb's father, according to a statement by the church where the memorial service was held.

Scott Fairlamb's attorney, Harley Breite, told CNN that Preston Fairlamb III was unaware of his brother's alleged actions during the attack on the Capitol.

CNN has made multiple attempts to reach Preston Fairlamb III directly.

The US Secret Service and Obama's office have yet to respond to CNN's requests for comment.

Many of the cases stick to bare bones allegations, based on livestreamed video or social media posts, and accuse rioters of disorderly conduct and entering restricted property.

Some of the rioters have turned themselves in to police and already admitted their alleged crimes.

That effort will take months to try to piece together, in part, because unlike some of the early arrests of suspects -- who gleefully posted on social media or even live-streamed their involvement -- many alleged attackers took pains to hide their identities and their involvement.

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