‘The Republican Messiah’: New York GOP chief arrested over US Capitol riot

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Another self-styled saviour of the GOP, who hails from Donald Trump‘s “hometown district”, was arrested for allegedly collaborating within the riot on the US Capitol.

Philip Grillo, 46, is listed because the Republican get together’s chief within the 24th Assembly District in Queens.

He is going through expenses of illegal entry and making an attempt to hinder Congressional proceedings after two witnesses tipped off the Federal Bureau of Investigation, based mostly on a jacket seen in CNN footage with the brand of the Knights of Columbus group in Queens.

On his Facebook web page, Mr Grillo describes himself as “The Republican Messiah – Republican State Committeeman, 24th Assembly District, Queens NY. President Trumps Hometown District”.

“I’m truly upset,” Mr Grillo’s mom instructed CNBC.

According to the arrest affidavit, one of many tipsters knew Mr Grillo from their childhood rising up in Glen Oaks, New York, whereas a second witness stated they’ve identified one another for many years from attending the identical faculties.

“I saw him twice in CNN in two separate incidents,” the primary witness stated.

Surveillance footage from the Capitol allegedly confirmed Mr Grillo enter the Rotunda and be part of a bunch of rioters that pushed open a door that Capitol Police had been making an attempt to push closed.

The Department of Justice alleges that Mr Grillo was seen in a YouTube video among the many crowd engaged in a “physical confrontation” with uniformed gives as folks shouted “fight for Trump”.

“Grillo was near the front of the crowd. The crowd, including Grillo, was eventually driven back from the door when officers employed a chemical irritant,” the affidavit alleges.

The FBI submitted a number of images they are saying present Mr Grillo coming into the US Capitol by way of a damaged window about 2:30 pm on 6 January holding a megaphone.

The arrest paperwork say that Mr Grillo posted a video of Donald Trump’s to his Facebook web page captioned: “WE WILL WIN!”, together with a short video saying to “believe in the impossible”.

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