Aaron Mostofsky attacked Trump mob
The son of a New York judge was arrested Tuesday by supporters of President Donald Trump in the U.S. Capitol last week on federal charges related to his role in a riot.
The man, Aaron Mostofsky, was dressed in furs when he and thousands of other rioters invaded the Capitol and stole a shield and bulletproof vest from the Capitol Police during the incident. This resulted in a criminal complaint in the US District Court in Brooklyn. New York.
Mostofsky, 34, told the New York Post in an interview last week that he was motivated to storm the convention halls with others because he believed Trump was pulled out of a presidential election victory through electoral fraud.
A video interview by Mostofsky shows him wearing the protective shield and police vest. The items, which he also owned in photos on his Instagram account, are valued at more than $ 2,100, according to the complaint.
Mostofsky, arrested at his brother’s house in New York, is the son of Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Shlomo Mostofsky, a prominent member of the Orthodox Jewish community who was bench elected on the Democratic line last year.
Supreme courts, despite their name, are litigation-level courts in New York State.
Trump has been accused by Democrats and others of instigating the riot that came after a rally he and his allies called on supporters to fight with him to overthrow Joe Biden’s electoral college win.
At least five people, including a Capitol police officer who was killed by rioters and a mob participant who was fatally shot by police, died in the violence.
Trump is likely to face the riot this week and dozens of people have been arrested on various charges related to the incident.
“I don’t think 75 million people voted for Trump – I think it was almost 85 million,” Aaron Mostofsky told the Post last week.
“I think certain states that were red for a long time turned blue and stolen, like New York.”
He and the other rioters disturbed the confirmation of Biden’s election through a joint congressional session for hours.
The FBI has received 100,000 digital media tips, including still images and videos related to the riot, an official source told NBC News Tuesday. That doesn’t include phone tips.
The criminal complaint against Mostofsky shows that a person sent him an Instagram message with a photo of him in the Capitol complex that said, “Your famous.”
“I [I know] Unfortunately, “replied Mostofsky, according to the complaint.
“Because now people actually know me.”
He has been charged with stealing government property, entering a restricted building or property without legal authority, disorderly conduct on the Capitol grounds with the intention of obstructing government business, and unlawful entry and disorderly conduct.
Mostofsky faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison if convicted on the highest charge, theft of state property.
Mostofsky’s brother, Nachman Mostosfky, vice president of the South Brooklyn Conservative Club, told online publication Gothamist last week: “My brother did nothing illegal.”
“He was definitely not part of the uprising,” Nachman said, then claimed that his brother was “pushed” into the Capitol building.
“You are full of … you are a dishonest person. My brother left as an American citizen,” Nachman scolded Gothamist.
“You find me one [Black Lives Matter] Riot or an antifa riot from the summer that didn’t do much more damage. “
Mostofsky’s arrest came the day after it became known that several Capitol police officers had been suspended. At least ten others were investigated for their actions during the uprising.
D-Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan, chairman of a committee that oversees the Capitol Police Department, said one of the suspended officers believed to have a selfie photo with rioters, while another officer was suspended after wearing a Trump-themed hat had been discovered, “Make Americans Great Again.”
“The main point is that the Capitol Police are investigating anyone involved who could possibly have helped on a large or small scale,” he said.
The secret service, which is responsible for protecting the president and his family, said Monday it was investigating an official from the agency who had accused members of Congress of confirming Biden’s election to treason.