Elliot Resnick spent some 50 minutes in the Capitol building during the 2021 riot.
Elliot Resnick “disrupted a joint session of the U.S. Congress” to determine the outcome of the 2020 election, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia says.
When Resnick’s name first appeared in the news in connection with the Jan. 6 riot in the U.S. Capitol, The Jewish Press, where he was a top editor, initially said he was on assignment. It later parted ways with Resnick.
Resnick, 40, pleaded guilty on Jan. 30 to a felony, obstructing law enforcement during a civil disorder.
“His actions and the actions of others disrupted a joint session of the U.S. Congress convened to ascertain and count the electoral votes related to the 2020 presidential election,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office stated.
It added that Resnick grabbed a police officer’s arm to prevent him from using pepper spray on rioters and also encouraged others to enter the Capitol during the approximately 50 minutes he spent in the building.
Sentencing is scheduled for June 12. A plea deal recommends eight-14 months in jail and between $4,000 and $40,000 in fines.
Image: The U.S. Capitol in Washington during the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the building. Photo by Tyler Merbler via Wikimedia Commons.