Ex-USCP officer charged with obstructing January 6 probe testifies in his own defense

Ex-USCP officer charged with obstructing January 6 probe testifies in his own defense

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  • “When I read his post, he said he was at the Capitol taking video that day” and was pushed inside the building, Riley testified, adding that he saw Hiles as “simply a demonstrator who got pushed into the building” and was afraid of being trampled.
  • “I deleted my messages because I was mad at myself and Jake,” Riley said, adding that he didn’t want the FBI to think he was close with Hiles or was involved in January 6.
  • During cross examination by federal prosecutors, Riley said he didn’t believe that deleting the Facebook messages amounted to deleting evidence because “it’s Facebook, this stuff doesn’t disappear,” adding that Hiles told him he had given his phone to the FBI.
  • A USCP officer for 25 years, Riley told the jury that members of his K-9 unit were the first to respond to a call on a suspicious package found at the Republican National Committee’s DC office on January 6, near the Capitol building.

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