New York plumber who once ran for state Senate charged in Capitol riot

A Brooklyn plumber who once ran for the New York State Senate was arrested Wednesday and charged with participating in the Jan. storming of the US CapitolFederal prosecutors said.

Daniel Christmann, 38, was arrested after posting photos from inside the Capitol on his campaign Instagram page and talking to friends on Facebook about the riots, the US Attorney’s Office in Brooklyn said.

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In an online exchange, Christmann was reportedly asked afterwards if he had entered the Capitol on January 6.

“How could I not?” he reportedly replied, adding that he “climbed a wall on a garden hose”.

On January 18, prosecutors said Christmann told an acquaintance on Facebook to remove images of the riot.

“So, remove them,” he is said to have written. “My friend Jake [sic] was hired and my campaign manager this summer was hired. It’s time for the end of time.”

Surveillance footage also allegedly captured Christmann outside the building before it was breached, showing him climbing through a broken window toward the Capitol, prosecutors said.

Christmann’s Instagram and Facebook accounts have been deleted, but a Facebook account,”Danny for the city council‘, suggests he also ran for the District 34 seat last year.

“One of the things coming out that I find shocking is that there are people who really don’t have enough activists, activists through and through,” he said in a rant in March.

“Educated activists don’t know what the Bill of Rights is,” he said in the video. “We don’t know what our rights are.”

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His campaign website, dannyforsenate.com, is still standing.

According to balllopedia.comChristmann also ran for president last year, seeking the Libertarian Party nomination, but lost at the party convention in May.

He lost his bid to the Senate in November.

He was released without bail on Wednesday afternoon on his first appearance in Brooklyn federal court.

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