WASHINGTON — Far-right media personality Tim Gionet, who calls himself “Baked Alaska,” has been arrested by the FBI for his involvement in the riot at the US Capitol, a law enforcement official tells The Associated Press.
Gionet is arrested by federal agents in Houston, according to the official, who isn’t authorized to discuss the matter before the public release of a criminal complaint and speaks on condition of anonymity.
Thousands of supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the US Capitol on January 6 as Congress was meeting to vote to affirm President-elect Joe Biden’s electoral win. Five people died in the mayhem.
Gionet faces charges of violent and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds and knowingly entering a restricted building without lawful authority, according to the US Department of Justice.
Court documents don’t list an attorney for Gionet or say where he is being held. The jail in Harris County, which includes Houston, didn’t immediately reply to phone messages seeking further information.
FBI Special Agent Nicole Miller says in an affidavit filed in the case that Gionet streamed live for about 27 minutes from inside the Capitol and could be heard encouraging other protesters not to leave, cursing and saying “I’m staying,” “1776 baby,” and “I won’t leave guys, don’t worry.”
She writes that Gionet entered various offices and when told by law enforcement officers to move, identified himself as a member of the media. Miller writes that Gionet then asked officers where to go before cursing a law officer while alleging the officer shoved him, then leaving the building.
Gionet also posted video that showed Trump supporters in “Make America Great Again” and “God Bless Trump” hats milling around inside the Capitol and taking selfies with officers who calmly asked them to leave the premises. The Trump supporters talked among themselves, laughed, and told the officers and each other, “This is only the beginning.”