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Trump State Department appointee facing Capitol riot charges ordered released from jail

April 12, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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A Trump State Department official who was charged in the Capitol insurrection will be released from jail, a federal judge said Monday, overturning a previous ruling that the man was too dangerous to release.

(CNN)A Trump State Department official who was charged in the Capitol insurrection will be released from jail, a federal judge said Monday, overturning a previous ruling that the man was too dangerous to release.

Federico Klein, a former low-level State Department official, was arrested last month and ordered detained before trial.

But Judge John Bates reversed that decision in a written opinion on Monday, saying he was influenced by a recent appeals court ruling that imposed stricter limits on which alleged Capitol rioters should be jailed while their cases move through the backlogged court system.

Klein was indicted on eight criminal charges, including obstructing congressional proceedings and assaulting police officers with a riot shield.

In a 28-page opinion, Bates said Klein's situation was "a close call" but that the Justice Department ultimately fell short of demonstrating that he poses a "substantial" future threat to the public.

The DC Circuit Court of Appeals handed down an influential ruling last month that significantly narrowed the ability of district judges to keep alleged rioters in jail even if they weren't charged with any violent crimes.

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