A Delaware man seen walking through the US Capitol with a confederate flag during last week’s deadly insurrection was arrested on federal charges Thursday, along with his son, the Delaware News Journal reports.
Photos of Kevin Seefried and his flag, which he told a US magistrate he normally flies outside his Sussex County home, went viral in the wake of the violent attack on the Capitol by a pro-Trump mob on January 6.
But it was Seefried’s son Hunter who indirectly led the FBI to the duo when he “bragged about being in the capitol with his father” to a co-worker who contacted law enforcement, according to court documents.
Hunter Seefried’s attorney said at Thursday’s hearing that his client had “recently lost his job.”
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Both men have been charged with entering a restricted building and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds, according to court documents, which also say that Hunter Seefried has been charged with destroying government property. Photographs included with the court documents allegedly show him helping to break glass in a Capitol window to gain entry to the building.
The documents say that both men were among a group that “verbally confronted” Capitol police officers, and Hunter is seen in a video taking a selfie.
Magistrate Judge Christopher J. Burke appointed public defenders for the men and released them pending a hearing in Washington, D.C., on a date not yet named. The two will wear GPS monitors and are not allowed to leave Delaware except for court.
Five people, including a US Capitol Police officer, died as a result of the attack, which followed a rally near the White House during which Donald Trump urged the rioters to “fight like hell” or “you’re not going to have a country anymore.”
The House of Representatives on Wednesday impeached Trump for inciting an insurrection, making him the first president in US history to be impeached twice. The Senate is not likely to take up the matter, however, until after next week’s inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris and the new president and vice president.
Meanwhile, thousands of National Guard members have been deployed to the capital as right wing insurgents continue to threaten violence against the government, arguing along with Trump — and with no basis in reality — that the election was stolen from him.
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[Featured image: Kevin Seefried, left, in the Capitol on January 6 with Aaron Mostofsky, right, and Hunter Seefries, rear. The Seefrieds were charged Thursday, and Mostofsky, the son of a Brooklyn judge, was charged on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)]