‘Cowboys for Trump’ leader who vowed to cause chaos at Biden’s inauguration after deadly Capitol siege is arrested
COWBOYS for Trump leader Couy Griffin who promised to wreak havoc at Joe Biden’s inauguration after storming the Capitol building has been arrested.
The Otero County Commissioner was detained after vowing to return to Washington D.C with a gun to place a flag on Nancy Pelosi's desk.
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Griffin, the founder of the group Cowboys for Trump, faces charges of illegally entering the U.S. Capitol.
The arrest came as former FBI boss James Comey warned Joe Biden's inauguration is under threat from "armed, disturbed" people following the January 6 riot at the US Capitol.
Security across the country has now been increased leading up to the big day after the FBI warned of armed protests in all 50 US states.
According to court documents, Griffin told investigators he was "caught up” in the crowd during the January 6 insurrection, which claimed the lives of five people
He said he did not enter the building and instead remained on the steps.
Yet a video posted to Griffin's personal Facebook page appears to show him in the restricted areas, according to an affidavit.
Griffin has not commented on his arrest.
Last Thursday, Griffin, said he planned to travel with firearms to Washington, D.C., for Biden's inauguration.
"I'm gonna be there on Jan. 20… and I'm gonna take a stand for our country and for our freedoms.
Addressing the Otero County Board of Commissioners, he said: "I'm gonna be there on Jan. 20… and I'm gonna take a stand for our country and for our freedoms.
"I'm gonna leave either tonight or tomorrow.
"I've got a .357 Henry Big Boy rifle lever action that I´ve got in the trunk of my car and I´ve got a .357 single-action revolver, the Colt Ruger Vaquero that I´ll have underneath the front seat on my right side.
"I will embrace my Second Amendment."
Last May, Donald Trump shared a video of a fan saying that politically "the only good Democrat is a dead Democrat".
The president retweeted the footage, with the caption: "Thank you Cowboys. See you in New Mexico!"
A University of Kentucky student was also arrested in connection with storming of the Capitol.
Gracyn Dawn Courtright faces federal charges including theft of government property and knowingly entering or remaining in a restricted building or grounds, The Courier Journal reports.
She told one friend "idk what treason is" and posted pictures to her Instagram account from the siege earlier this month, according to a warrant.
Iced Earth guitarist Jon Schaffer is also in federal custody after handing himself into the police in Indiana, TMZ reports.
He faces charges of engaging in an act of physical violence in a Capitol building, violent entry and disorderly conduct in a capitol building.
The FBI tweeted: "Schaffer was allegedly among rioters who sprayed Capitol police with 'bear spray.'"
The riot at the Capitol came after President Donald Trump told the crowd to march to the Capitol and that 'you'll never take back our country with weakness”.
He said: "You have to show strength, and you have to be strong."
Meanwhile, armed pro-Trump protesters headed to capitols across the US amid mounting fears of Inauguration Day mayhem.
Small mobs of demonstrators — many in military garb — gathered outside statehouses in Michigan, Texas, Oregon, Ohio, Utah, and New Hampshire.
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