Delay in Nebraskan's Capitol riot case; Straka appears to be cooperating with prosecutors
There are now a reported 719 people facing federal charges stemming from the riot at the U.S. Capitol on January 6.
Some 130 have pleaded guilty including a lone Nebraskan, Omaha native 44-year-old Brandon Straka.
Initially charged with three non-violent crimes, Straka admits to disorderly conduct and admits it’s him on tape saying “Go-Go-Go, encouraging others to breach the building and “Take it, Take it,” referring to a shield held by police.
And now it appears Straka is working with investigators.
According to new court records, prosecutors have asked for a 30-day delay in sentencing because Straka has, “Provided counsel for the government with information that may impact the government’s sentencing recommendation.”
Straka hasn’t said much about his case but during an earlier court hearing he made it clear he was the subject of an extensive federal investigation: “Your honor I’m quite sure the FBI took my phone and any communication devices I have.”
While Straka awaits sentencing the Congressional investigation into January 6th moves forward with mixed results and potential roadblocks.
Former President Donald Trump’s Chief of Staff Mark Meadows refusing to testify before the Special House Committee as is attorney John Eastman who insists Trump’s reelection was stolen.
As for Straka, according to his plea deal, the government has yet to recommend any specific sentence.
That final decision is up to the judge as Straka faces a maximum 6 months in jail and a $5,000 fine.