Brandon Straka of Omaha, Nebraska, best known among conservatives as the founder of the #WalkAway movement, was arrested on Monday by the FBI in Omaha, relating his presence at the uprising at the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 6.
A report published Monday by the Omaha World-Herald states that Straka, 44, is being held at the Douglas County Jail in Omaha, and his first appearance in federal court is scheduled for Tuesday.
A criminal complaint made public by the Justice Department outlines the actions Straka is being accused of, and charges filed against him. According to the report, he did not actually enter the building, but was encouraging others to surge forward.
Straka is being charged with:
- impeding a law enforcement officer during civil disorder
- knowingly entering and remaining on restricted grounds without lawful authority and/or engaging in disorderly conduct within proximity to a restricted building to impede official functions
- engaging in disorderly conduct with intent to disturb a hearing before Congress
In the criminal complaint, the FBI agent reported the following:
After reviewing STRAKA’s Twitter account, I discovered that he had posted a 58-
minute video of himself on January 7 in which he discussed the events of January 6, 2021. About one minute into the video, STRAKA stated, “I literally just got home…minutes ago from Washington, D.C.” Later in the video, STRAKA stated, “Yesterday, a lot of us got up very, very early. We went to this event in which Donald Trump spoke. The plan was always to go to the Capitol. We were going to march from that event…to the Capitol, and there was going to be another rally. I was one of the speakers slated to speak at the Capitol.” STRAKA later stated that, while riding the metro to the Capitol, he received alerts on his phone stating that Vice President Pence was “not going to object to certifying Joe Biden.” STRAKA stated that he learned on his walk from the metro to the Capitol that people had “breached” the Capitol and that “patriots had entered the Capitol.”
STRAKA said that he thought to himself, “Wow, so they’re going to basically storm and try to get into the chamber so that they can demand that we get the investigation that we want.”
STRAKA later described what he did when he arrived at the U.S. Capitol. STRAKA
described himself making his way through a crowd of people and walking up the stairs to the U.S. Capitol. STRAKA stated that he observed two large metal doors. STRAKA said that he saw “nothing being broken” and “nobody committing any acts of violence” or “vandalism.”
STRAKA described a “bottleneck effect” that resulted from the large group of people
trying to get into the building. STRAKA stated that he was within 10 to 20 feet of the building when he saw “bursts of teargas coming out of the doors.” STRAKA said, “Shortly after that, a man came out, he said, “They’ve cleared Congress. Everybody’s left. There’s no one else inside. Everybody turn around. No one else come inside.” STRAKA further stated that the man “said something to the effect of it being a victory for us, we got what we wanted, they cleared Congress.” STRAKA stated that he left the Capitol shortly after this interaction.
In the criminal complaint, the FBI alleges that Straka made comments such as “HOLD THE LINE,” “We’re going in,” and “Go, go!”
The complaint describes a video in which a Capitol Police Officer is holding up his shield, and Straka said, “Take it away from him,” and “Take it! Take it!”
Straka’s Twitter account has been locked, but some of the video clips he broadcast from the riot are still circulating on social medial, including the following, in which he says, “They’re using gas. We’re being gassed right now.” According to the complaint, it was at this point that Straka left, and did not enter the building.
Brandon Straka storms the Capitol: pic.twitter.com/CUcGLIM2Xr
— Fifty Shades of Whey (@davenewworld_2) January 23, 2021
— Zoe Tillman (@ZoeTillman) January 25, 2021
And there’s also this one: https://t.co/1Chcnajxnr
— Zoe Tillman (@ZoeTillman) January 25, 2021
“Stop the Steal” organizer Brandon Straka was arrested today on a felony charge of interfering with law enforcement during civil disorder.
his tweets are now protected: pic.twitter.com/U0mdOJYI6T
— j.d. durkin (@jiveDurkey) January 25, 2021
The FBI said Monday it had arrested Brandon Straka of Omaha in connection with the Jan. 6 siege on the U.S. Capitol.https://t.co/ZPyn8hOSwT
— Omaha World-Herald (@OWHnews) January 25, 2021
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