A man from New York who recently filed to run for ousted Rep. George Santos’ seat in the House of Representatives has been found guilty of multiple charges related to the attack on the US Capitol on January 6, 2021.
Guilt on Multiple Charges
A federal grand jury has convicted Philip Sean Grillo earlier this week on five charges, which include obstruction of an official proceeding, a felony.
Involvement in the Capitol Attack
According to the Justice Department, Grillo entered the Capitol building on January 6 through a broken window while carrying a megaphone. Once inside, he declared his intention to “stop the steal.” He was captured on video saying, “It’s our f- house!” and proceeded further into the building, where he filmed himself smoking marijuana and celebrating the storming of the Capitol.
Physical Confrontation and Multiple Entries
YouTube footage from that day shows Grillo in a crowd that chanted “Fight for Trump!” while physically confronting law enforcement officers. The footage also captures him entering and exiting the Capitol building multiple times, according to court filings.
Identification and Testimony
The FBI identified Grillo through footage that showed him wearing a jacket embroidered with the seal of the Knights of Columbus chapter to which he belonged. During the trial, Grillo testified that he had “no idea” Congress met inside the Capitol building, despite his declaration to run for congressional office in New York’s 3rd Congressional District.
Expulsion of Rep. George Santos
Earlier this month, Rep. George Santos became the sixth lawmaker ever to be expelled from Congress due to a House Ethics Committee report that concluded he had attempted to fraudulently exploit his House candidacy for personal financial gain.
Grillo filed to run for Santos’ seat in May, as stated by the Federal Election Commission. His statement of candidacy is still listed on the FEC’s website.
Special Election Announcement
New York Governor Kathy Hochul has announced that a special election to fill Santos’ seat will be held on February 13.
The date for Grillo’s sentencing has yet to be determined.
Read More of this Story at www.cnn.com – 2023-12-07 19:32:00
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