A State Department employee has been arrested in connection with the Capitol attack.
Robert Borko Cain, 57, has been accused of “aiding” the shooter, identified as Paul Nehlen, 37, the candidate for the vacant House seat in Wisconsin’s 1st District. Nehlen, a Republican, tweeted “The cowering Democratic leadership shows us why we need the constitutional ppl who are NOT afraid of death and cause a ruckus on federal lawmakers.”
State Department officials had no comment on the matter.
UPDATE: In a statement, the State Department confirmed that Cain, a “mid-level employee” in the department, was a person of interest in the Capitol attack on Wednesday. “Federal law enforcement officials believe he had nothing to do with the attack,” the State Department said.
Cain had been processing visa applications and was one of two individuals still in the hospital at the time of this post’s publication.
According to the New York Times, Cain joined the State Department as a consular officer in November 2015 and held various positions at the Embassy of Indonesia in Jakarta, including first deputy assistant chief of mission. He has no ties to radical groups.
Originally posted March 5, 20118
White supremacist and Trump supporter Paul Nehlen, who recently lost his House GOP primary, has made a crude comment about how college student Cody Wilson could legally buy an assault rifle.
Wilson, 28, shot and wounded GOP Rep. Steve Scalise, the third-ranking House Republican, and three others Wednesday in Alexandria, Virginia. Wilson may have also shot David Bailey, who serves as Capitol Police’s first congressional bodyguard, who was shot several times.
Wilson came into possession of a semi-automatic AR-15 military-style rifle and a Remington 870 Tactical shotgun after federal officials raided his property in Spotsylvania County, Virginia. The AR-15 and shotgun were both listed on the federal registry maintained by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Wilson legally purchased a different type of gun.
Wilson told CBS that he wanted to protest the Affordable Care Act and that Republicans have “abandoned their responsibility to defend our liberty and our liberties.”
Wilson wrote in a tweet in 2015: “I am urging all students to revolt against America’s laws.” He also posted a photo on Twitter of a sticker he allegedly made that was a popular bit of anti-Trump memorabilia. Wilson recently became the chief operating officer for the Gun Owners of America, an advocacy group that opposes restrictions on gun ownership.
Wilson, Nehlen, and others affiliated with white nationalist and anti-Islamic views.