FBI arrests Republican candidate seeking to unseat Gretchen Whitmer over January 6 involvement

The FBI raided the home of a Republican candidate seeking to unseat Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer and threw him in handcuffs over his involvement in the January 6th Capitol protest.

The arrest of real estate agent Ryan Kelley came hours before the Democratic party put on a made-for-TV primetime spectacle about the so-called “insurrection,” Bridge Michigan reported.

FBI arrests Republican candidate over January 6 involvement

Kelley never entered the Capitol, but he was charged with misdemeanors for disorderly conduct, entering restricted grounds, damaging U.S. property, and knowingly engaging in any act of physical violence against a person or property on restricted grounds. His campaign called Kelley a “political prisoner” in a Facebook post.

The arrest could further narrow the field of potential Republican challengers to Whitmer, after five candidates were disqualified from the ballot for submitting fraudulent petitions. Kelley is the top polling candidate of the five remaining, according to one survey.

The FBI got its first tip about Kelley just days after the January 6, 2021, riot. But they did not arrest him until hours before Democrats kicked off their “insurrection” hearings Thursday night, less than two months before his August 2 primary. The feds searched his home during the arrest.

Kelley’s primary rivals were skeptical of the timing of the raid, with conservative commentator Tudor Dixon tweeting, “Are we expected to believe the corrupt FBI happened to schedule a raid on Ryan Kelley’s home the same day of the J6 production in DC?”

The Michigan GOP’s co-chair Ron Weiser blasted Democrats for “weaponizing our judicial system in an unprecedented way against their political opponents.” Co-chair Meshawn Maddock likewise asked, “Do people really get their homes raided and arrested in front of their children over a misdemeanor?”

Gloating Democrats embrace Stalinist methods

Democrats were absolutely ecstatic about the arrest, however. Michigan’s far-left attorney general Dana Nessel (D) shared a message mocking Kelley and Michigan Republicans as “domestic terrorists” with a photo of the candidate outside the courthouse.

Kelley gained notoriety for protesting Whitmer’s COVID lockdowns and the removal of a Confederate statue from his hometown, Bridge Michigan reported.

His arrest appears to be just the latest example in recent years of the FBI acting as the personal bodyguards of the Democratic party. Since the Capitol riot especially, Democrats have leveraged the event to weaponize the justice system against their political enemies.

The FBI last week put Trump ally Peter Navarro in leg irons and charged him with contempt of Congress for refusing to cooperate with the Democratic party’s January 6th show trial. Steve Bannon is also facing charges.

Questions linger over what role federal informants played in the Capitol riot. The FBI has also come under scrutiny for its role in the so-called “plot” to kidnap Whitmer in 2020 that Democrats blamed on “right-wing extremists.” Two of the men accused were recently acquitted over evidence of entrapment.

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