Klete Keller Pleads Not Guilty To Seven Charges In Capitol Riot

Olympic swimmer Klete Keller pleaded not guilty to all seven charges he’s facing in federal court for his role in the January 6 riots at the U.S. Capitol.

The Guardian reports that the 38-year-old Keller pleaded not guilty in a video hearing and is due back in court on April 6.

On January 6th, supporters of President Donald Trumpwho lost the 2020 presidential election, broke into the United States Capitol Building and clashed with police. The riot happened as Congress was tallying electoral votes in last November’s election, in which President-elect Joe Biden defeated Trump. Five people died or were killed amid the mob, including Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick.

Multiple people within the swimming community identified Keller in video footage of the mob of people who had broken into the Capitol Rotunda. The 6’6″ Keller stood out in videos due to his height, and because he appears to be wearing his U.S. Olympic gear in the video. Keller represented Team USA in three Olympic Games: 2000, 2004, and 2008.

Keller’s charges include:

  • Civil disorder
  • Obstruction of an official proceeding, and aiding and abetting
  • Entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds
  • Disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds
  • Impeding passage through the Capitol Grounds or buildings
  • Parading, demonstrating or picketing in a Capitol building

After he was first charged, Keller turned himself in to federal authorities on January 14th, 2021. He was released without bail, agreeing to not return to Washington D.C. prior to the presidential inauguration of President Biden on January 21. He was also required to not possess firearms and retained the ability to travel from Colorado to visit his children in North Carolina.

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Sun Yangs Hammer
7 months ago

What’s that old adage? If you can’t do the time don’t commit insurrection against the sitting government of the United States. Really rolls off the tongue

Guerra
7 months ago

I knew he wasn’t guilty… Free Klete Keller!

Snarky
Reply to  Guerra
7 months ago

Its a plea dingbat

OK_Bruther
7 months ago

Not the sharpest fork in the outlet…

Johnson
Reply to  OK_Bruther
7 months ago

He swamed with a few black swimmer’s.he was a gentleman.he Made a fun mistake.
He’s human.
Don’t hate klete only motivate

Joe
Reply to  Johnson
7 months ago

i Sincerely hope this was a weak attempt to troll.otherwise wow.

He Said What?
Reply to  Johnson
7 months ago

WTF?

Barbie Cadriol I'll
Reply to  Johnson
7 months ago

Unfortunately, I think his motivation may come with some prison time. He might have been unarmed, but… My grandma ask me, while we were sitting in the ER getting a cast on my arm.. if your brother jumped off London Bridge does that mean you have to jump too?

Barbie Cadriol I'll
Reply to  Johnson
7 months ago

A FUN mistake? He was a gentleman?? Fun , Mistake , and Gentleman are rarely in the same thought. Throw ..” a f÷w black swimmers”. This doesn’t sound good at all. What’s the difference between swimmers and black swimmers?

Michael Schwartz
7 months ago

“The Guardian reports that the 28 year old Keller…” 28 years old…that aint right…

Irish Ringer
Reply to  Michael Schwartz
7 months ago

It’s also “The Guardian” so cut them some slack 😉 Nah, just a typo that has been corrected.

Last edited 7 months ago by Irish Ringer
Ervin
7 months ago

LOL if your shocked by this wait till he uses the “I’m a victim of cancel culture” excuse

Troll Longhorn
Reply to  Ervin
7 months ago

Joe has already forgot about this, maybe the jury will do the same.

Viking Man
Reply to  Troll Longhorn
7 months ago

This is what he and everyone else will remember. I HOPE EVERYONE REMEMBERS!
Trump said Covid-19 was a hoax. He said “like magic” it was going to disappear. He let 500,000 Americans die. He said we should inject bleach. He caused school and business shutdowns. He caused nation wide depression. He lied and people died. Remember?

CardsFanAgain
Reply to  Viking Man
7 months ago

He also tried to “win” Georgia by intimidation and sedition

A C
Reply to  CardsFanAgain
7 months ago

LOL. Right now Georgia is passing major election integrity legislation to address the problems exposed by the last election.

Catherine
Reply to  A C
7 months ago

Integrity has nothing to do with it. They’re limiting voting access to voters they don’t like.

Barbie Cadriol I'll
Reply to  CardsFanAgain
7 months ago

I bet if they would have looked under they would have found 11780 votes! LMAO But that still wouldn’t give the win! He’d have to lie,cheat, steal, threaten, bribe, maybe 2 more states. Wait, did he do that?

A C
Reply to  Barbie Cadriol I'll
7 months ago

AZ is also passing major new election integrity legislation, and the AZ State Supreme Court just ordered Maricopa County to turn over voter machines and ballots to the State Senate.

Irish Ringer
Reply to  Viking Man
7 months ago

You guys still riled up about that. People can go in circles about this stuff all day. You’ll have people say he was joking about the bleach, but the Hydroxychloroquine was beneficial. You’ll then have people point out that it was more than Donald closing schools and business and keeping them that way and that Joe claimed there wasn’t a vaccine until he got into office yet he received a shot himself prior to that and millions were vaccinated.

Time to move on…there will be another election to argue about this stuff in 2022.

A C
Reply to  Viking Man
7 months ago

What a joke! He saved millions of lives by shutting down travel to the US from China and Europe, and he saved millions more through Operation Warp Speed. Florida is doing great economically and every other way. California and New York are doing horrible.

Viking Man
Reply to  A C
7 months ago

Keep thinking that way and you lose the presidency by over 7 million legal votes again…and the senate will stay lost….and the house….boo hoo….California has a surplus in the state budget and per capita infections are middle of the road….red states faired worse than blue dummy

UK swimmer
7 months ago

How long can you play the ‘struggling to adjust’ card? At 38 years old, he should know right from wrong. He needs to accept responsibility for his actions ut it doesn’t sound like he is

Irish Ringer
Reply to  UK swimmer
7 months ago

That’s a fair statement, but aren’t universally tough on crime either so no surprise one might make that defense.

WestCoastRefugee
7 months ago

Ditto

Last edited 7 months ago by WestCoastRefugee
Stewie
7 months ago

No remorse? Found guilty – maximum sentence.

WestCoastRefugee
Reply to  Stewie
7 months ago

You would fit in very well in China. Like it or not, we still have rights in the country (at least for now). Klete has the right to a jury trial and for the Feds to prove that he is guilty. I don’t agree with what Klete did, but the fact that you think any person who basically trespassed on federal property (unarmed, I might add) didn’t harm anyone or appear to do any damage deserves a maximum sentence of jail time says a lot about you as a person.

Stewie
Reply to  WestCoastRefugee
7 months ago

Did you miss the part where I wrote “found guilty (by jury trial)”?

Troll Longhorn
Reply to  Stewie
7 months ago

Yeah, I missed that part.

BearlyBreathing
Reply to  WestCoastRefugee
7 months ago

It wasn’t simple trespassing; it was an attempt to stop an election.
I believe the judge/jury will agree.

WestCoastRefugee
Reply to  BearlyBreathing
7 months ago

How exactly was Klete attempting to stop an election when he was standing unarmed in the Rotunda? Granted, you could make the case for others that were attempting to enter the chambers, or actually entered offices or other parts of the building were trying to stop Congress from acting in their official capacity, but Klete didn’t appear to engage in this conduct. Everyone that was on the grounds of the Capitol that day didn’t commit the same crime..it’s a trespass charge at best.

Guerra
Reply to  WestCoastRefugee
7 months ago

He’s innocent!

Barbie Cadriol I'll
Reply to  Guerra
7 months ago

He’s not innocent! He knew what he was doing. As soon at the 1st barricade came down he should have turned around and left. Then he would, at least , have a snowball’s chance (in this nice 65+⁰F) of not guilty. But there’s a lot of distance between not guilty and innocent.

Snarky
Reply to  WestCoastRefugee
7 months ago

Your maga hat is showing

BearlyBreathing
Reply to  WestCoastRefugee
7 months ago

He didn’t just accidentally get into the Rotunda because he got separated from his tour group.
He traveled from his home to attend a rally devoted to the notion that the results of the recent US election were illegitimate. When the lead instigator told the mob to take the fight to the Capitol, he went there voluntarily. His unlawful presence in the Capitol — either alone or part of the mob — was designed at the very least to intimidate the lawmakers and probably a lot more. Impede. Delay. Prevent.
Saying, Oh I was only in the Rotunda is flimsy excuse which ignores a long record of purposeful decisions that put him there.
Personally I believe his… Read more »

A C
Reply to  BearlyBreathing
7 months ago

For the record President Trump said, “I know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol building to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard.”

SwimMom
Reply to  A C
7 months ago

He said a lot of other things too…. can’t just take one sentence out of context no matter where your political beliefs fall.

Hot Takes:
Reply to  A C
7 months ago

Hot Take: saying one sentence that somewhat encourages peaceful protest doesn’t make up for an entire speech of lies and calls to fight.

He Said What?
Reply to  A C
7 months ago

FORMER President Trump.

Meeeeeee
Reply to  BearlyBreathing
7 months ago

the election happened in November.

Kate
Reply to  WestCoastRefugee
7 months ago

I hope he sees this bro

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