Paul Allard Hodgkins is the second to plead guilty so far and admits he was on the Senate floor during the riot.
A man in Florida on Wednesday became the second person so far to plead guilty to his role in storms the American Capitol on January 6, after entering the U.S. Senate chamber wearing a Trump T-shirt and waving a red flag with the words “Trump 2020”.
Paul Allard Hodgkins pleaded guilty in a virtual trial to one that obstructed the official process in the U.S. District Court in Washington, DC.
“I have decided that I will accept this plea offer, and I will plead guilty,” Hodgkins told the judge.
According to the statement of facts associated with the criminal charge, FBI agents interviewed Hodgkins on January 26 and showed him “two photos”, the first of which was a “selfie” style photo of him in the Senate was, obtained from [a confidential witness]”. The second photo was on the Senate floor. Hodgkins “admitted among the agents that he was the person in the photos”.
Images in the statement of facts, one of which appears to be from the New Yorker, show Hodgkins standing next to the Senate scene next to men dressed in tactical gear (PDF).
More than 440 people have been charged in connection with the riots in the Capitol, in which many supporters of former President Donald Trump – many of whom were part of far-right movements – entered the Capitol in a failed attempt to prevent Congress from confirming President Joe Biden’s victory in the election.
The only other person to admit guilt so far was Jon Schaffer, founder of the band Iced Earth and a founding member of the Oath Keepers militia.
The trial on Wednesday took place at the same time as Christopher M Kelly, another accused in the Capitol riots, dropped all charges against him after evidence came to light that he had never set foot in the building.
Kelly is the first accused in the Capitol riots to drop all his charges.
Trump and his supporters repeatedly refute theories about voter fraud that cost him the election for months after the November polls in which Biden’s victory was.
Five died after the riot. The Biden government has ordered federal law enforcement to focus on right-wing and government threats.
A majority of Trump’s supporters maintains that the election was stolen.
The effects of the riot are still being felt in Washington, DC. Legislators sparred about the facts of the day during hearings.
Democrats seek a way to investigate Senate Republicans around the clock an independent sin blocked went into the subject last week. Housewife Nancy Pelosi suggested four ways forward, CBS News reported, including the inquiry held in a congressional committee.
“Senate Republicans chose to defend the ‘Big Lie’ because they feared that anything that could upset Donald Trump could hurt them politically,” Senate leader Chuck Schumer said after Republicans blocked the commission .
Hodgkin’s charge could carry a legal maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, although U.S. District Judge Randolph Moss said federal sentencing guidelines require a sentence of between 15 and 21 months.