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By Sarah N. Lynch

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The FBI arrested Michigan Republican gubernatorial candidate Ryan Kelley on Thursday over misdemeanor charges stemming from his role in the January 6. 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol by throngs of then-President Donald Trump's supporters, the Justice Department said.

Kelley, 40, of Allendale, is one of five Republicans in the state competing to take on Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer this coming fall. Following removal of five candidates for petition fraud, at least one poll showed Kelley in the lead.

His arrest comes on the same day that the Democratic-led House of Representatives Select Committee investigating the attack on the U.S. Capitol last year will hold its first of several planned hearings to present the evidence it has amassed about the riot and the events leading up to it.

According to a sworn statement by an FBI agent, Kelley was captured on video standing in a crowd of people who were "assaulting and pushing past law enforcement officers" at the Capitol.

Other images also show that Kelley was climbing on an architectural feature near the northwest stairs of the building, the statement said.

(Reporting by Sarah N. Lynch, editing by Alistair Bell)

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Jeff Danziger lives in New York City. He is represented by CWS Syndicate and the Washington Post Writers Group. He is the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He has published eleven books of cartoons, a novel and a memoir. Visit him at DanzigerCartoons.

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