MOSCOW, 11 Mar – RIA Novosti. One of the defendants in the assault on the Capitol previously served with the US Marine Corps helicopter squadron, which is responsible for transporting the US president and other dignitaries, according to the Washington Post, citing officials.
According to the newspaper, 35-year-old Marine Corps veteran John Daniel Andris was arrested in February, accused of violent incursion and disturbance of public order in the Capitol. He reportedly joined the Marine Corps in 2004, and two years later joined Marine Helicopter Squadron One (HMX-1), where his duties included helicopter maintenance.
According to officials, members of this squadron must undergo special checks and receive access to classified information. The publication mentions that Andris left the Marines in November 2009 with the rank of Lance Corporal.
On January 6, supporters of Trump, then the current president of the United States, stormed the Capitol after a rally in Washington, and Congress was interrupted for several hours. As a result of the riots, a demonstrator and a policeman were killed, and three more died from causes unrelated to violence. After law enforcement authorities removed the rioters from the congressional building, congressmen approved the victory of Democrat Joe Biden in the presidential election. The House of Representatives impeached Trump on charges of inciting mutiny, but the Senate acquitted Trump.