Monroe man who ran for state Senate, presidency charged with storming Capitol
A Monroe man who ran for state Senate and United States president last year is now the latest person charged with storming the Capitol in January.
Federal authorities say there are photos of wannabe politician Daniel Christmann posted on Instagram from inside the Capitol last January - while the former state Senate candidate and 2020 presidential hopeful was allegedly there with rioters.
The photos were unsealed in a federal complaint Wednesday. He is accused of admitting to friends and followers online that he "scaled walls with a garden hose," and later asked someone who shared pictures to "remove the photos" after his "friend got taken in."
Christmann's arrest and release – captured by the New York Times - comes one day after emotional Senate testimony from Capitol officers and never-before seen video showing the violent chaos unfold.
Christmann, who graduated from Monroe-Woodbury, is the latest among hundreds charged.
Federal authorities say tipsters turned him in, and that he was later identified on surveillance video climbing into a Capitol room and outside as protesters clashed with police.
Christmann was released without bail.
His legal aid public defender declined to comment.