The Latest: Olympic swimmer charged in attack on Capitol

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the fallout from the attack of the U.S. Capitol by pro-Trump loyalists (all times local):

5:20 p.m.

Five-time Olympic swimming medalist Klete Keller has been charged with participating in a deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol after video emerged that appeared to show him among those storming the building last week.

An FBI complaint, citing screenshots from the video, asked that a warrant be issued charging Keller with knowingly entering a restricted building without lawful authority and attempting to impede an official government function. Keller was charged Wednesday.

Thousands of supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol during a joint session of Congress on Jan. 6 while lawmakers met to formalize the victory of President-elect Joe Biden.

The 38-year-old Keller competed in the 2000, 2004 and 2008 Summer Olympics. He captured two golds and a silver as a member of the 4×200-meter freestyle relay, as well as a pair of individual bronzes in the 400 free.

Messages seeing comment left with Keller and his sister, former Olympic swimmer Kalyn Keller, were not immediately returned.



The House voted Wednesday to impeach President Donald Trump for an unprecedented second time. The move comes one week after he encouraged a mob of loyalists to “fight like hell” against election results and the Capitol became the target of a deadly siege.

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5:15 p.m.

Outgoing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says there is “no chance” that the Senate will be able to hold a “fair or serious” trial on the impeachment of President Donald Trump before President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in next week.

The House voted Wednesday to impeach Trump for the second time, with 10 Republicans joining Democrats to support an article for incitement of insurrection after the president egged on a violent mob of his supporters who ransacked the Capitol last week.

McConnell told his GOP colleagues in a note earlier on Wednesday that he had not yet decided on whether he would vote to convict. After the vote, he said that a trial would last longer than the seven days Trump has in office. McConnell noted that three previous impeachments “have lasted 83 days, 37 days, and 21 days respectively.”

McConnell says he thinks the nation is best served if “Congress and the executive branch spend the next seven days completely focused on facilitating a safe inauguration and an orderly transfer of power to the incoming Biden Administration.”


5 p.m.

Ten Republican House members voted to impeach President Donald Trump over the deadly insurrection at the Capitol. The GOP votes were in sharp contrast to the unanimous support for Trump among House Republicans when he was first impeached by Democrats in 2019.

Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, the third-ranking House Republican, said in a statement, “There …read more

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Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


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