WASHINGTON: US Olympic swimming gold medalist Klete Keller was billed by the Justice Section Wednesday with collaborating in the January 6 assault on Congress by supporters of President Donald Trump.
Keller was filmed as element of the group that illegally entered the massive Rotunda hall of the Capitol right after violent protesters broke through law enforcement strains and compelled their way in.
A statement accompanying official expenses unveiled Wednesday claimed law enforcement determined the a few-time Olympian initial by what appears to be an official staff jacket bearing the large emblem “United states of america” on the again and an arm patch that examine “United States Olympic crew.”
He was billed with illegally getting into the Capitol, violent or disorderly carry out, and obstructing law enforcement.
Keller, 38, competed in the Olympics in 2000, 2004 and 2008, having two golds and a silver in the 4×200 meter freestyle relays, and two bronzes in the individual 400 meter freestyle.
His 2004 relay gold in Athens was a person of the most celebrated races in swimming, with a US star group that provided Michael Phelps, in opposition to an Australian foursome led by the powerful winner Ian Thorpe.
In the anchor place he was capable to maintain off a surging Thorpe for the get, ending a long time of Australian dominance in the event.
His lifestyle just after the Olympics was rocky, with a divorce, several lost work opportunities, and plunge into homelessness and living out of his automobile for a time, he instructed The Olympic Channel in a 2018 podcast.