Klete Keller Cooperating with Authorities, Could Testify in Jan. 6 Trials

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Klete Keller Cooperating with Authorities, Could Testify in Jan. 6 Trials

As part of his plea deal for taking part in the Jan. 6 insurrection at the United States Capitol, Klete Keller is cooperating with authorities and could end up testifying against fellow coup plotters.

Keller was part of the attempt to prevent certification of the 2020 presidential election orchestrated by supporters of former President Donald Trump. The former Olympian was spotted in the Capitol during the insurrection and faced a seven-count federal indictment. He pled guilty in September to one count of obstructing an official proceeding, carrying a sentencing guideline of 21-27 months in prison.

In exchange for the dismissal of the other six counts and a sentencing recommendation, Keller entered into a cooperation agreement with the District of Columbia’s U.S. Attorney’s office. That process included a status conference last Thursday.

Tony Edwards Jr., an assistant U.S. Attorney, said at the conference that Keller has the opportunity “to provide details that he remembers,” including potentially in a trial setting.

As part of his plea, Keller has acknowledged that he, “I acted to affect the government by stopping or delaying the Congressional proceeding” and entered a building he did not have permission to.

Also from his Statement of Offense:

Keller admitted to standing in the crowd facing off against “law enforcement officers clad with riot gear preventing me and others from advancing,” and to yelling “(Bleep) Nancy Pelosi!” and “(Bleep) Chuck Schumer!”

He also acknowledged that he jerked his elbow to shake off law enforcement officers who were trying to remove him and other people from the Rotunda.

Keller’s cooperation has further delayed his sentencing, which his attorney assented to. The next status conference in his case is set for March 16, 2022.

Details on last week’s hearing are available by Dan Abrams’ Law & Crime site.

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