The DOJ says a former Florida congressional candidate facilitated travel to DC and urged Capitol rioters to take a camper with them

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Trump supporters clash with police and security forces as people attempt to storm the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021 in Washington, DC. Brent Stirton / Getty Images

  • Former congressional candidate Jeremy Brown offered an RV to Capitol rioters trying to get to DC.

  • “We have an RV and Van driving,” he told riots on Signal. “Lots of gun ports are left to fill. We can pick you up.”

  • Brown was arrested and charged Thursday, according to the Justice Department.

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The FBI on Thursday arrested and charged a former congressional candidate for his role in the deadly Capitol riot in January.

Documents from the Department of Justice say Jeremy Brown, who ran for Congress in Florida last year, facilitated travel for Capitol riots to DC.

Brown “coordinated travel plans and rendezvous points” using encrypted messaging app Signal.

“We have an RV and Van driving,” he wrote in a statement on Signal, the document said. “Lots of gun ports are left to fill. We can pick you up.”

He was accused of “deliberately entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds” and having participated in “disorder or disruptive behavior,” according to the DOJ.

A witness who has known Brown “for several years” came to the FBI to identify him.

Capitol riots left five people, including a police officer, dead. So far, at least 658 people have been charged in connection with riots.

The organizers were encouraged by then-President Donald Trump’s calls to protest the outcome of the 2020 election with him, despite the victory of Democrat Joe Biden. While congressmen gathered inside the Capitol to confirm the results and control Biden’s presidency, Trump supporters organized a coup attempt and stormed the Capitol.

In February, CNN reported that FBI statements and court documents showed insurgents were fighting to delete photos and social media proving their involvement in Capitol riots. Some have allegedly broken their cell phones, scrubbed their social media accounts and tried to wipe hard drives that may contain photos and other evidence of their involvement, CNN reported.

But others have boasted of their involvement, prompting the FBI to charge them.

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