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Convicted Gay Trump Ally Brandon Straka Cooperating With Authorities

Brandon Straka

Brandon Straka, an out Donald Trump supporter who spoke at the January 5 “Stop the Steal” rally in Washington, D.C. has provided investigators information that authorities say may impact his sentencing, according to Politico.

Straka, 45, was a vocal Donald Trump ally who plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct in October for his part in the January 6 insurrection. The charge carries a maximum sentence of 6 months in prison and a fine of up to $5,000. Straka was also ordered to pay $500 in damages to the Capitol. 

The former hairstylist started the #WalkAway social campaign, encouraging people to “walk away” from the Democratic Party. 

He was set to be sentenced next week, but prosecutors have asked for a 30-day sentencing delay to evaluate new evidence, Politico reports. The news indicates that Straka has been cooperating with prosecutors in a significant way.

Straka posted a 58-minute video on January 7 that detailed his participation in the insurrection.

“The plan was always to go to the Capitol. We were going to march from that event … to the Capitol, and there was going to be another rally. I was one of the speakers slated to speak at the Capitol,” Straka said in the video, according to the outlet.

In another video obtained by authorities, Straka can be seen approaching the Capitol on January 6. “We’re going in,” he says in the footage.

“As the crowd in front of him tried to push their way into the entrance of the U.S. Capitol, STRAKA yelled, ‘Go! Go!’” prosecutors said, describing the video.

The video also shows Straka telling the crowd to take a riot shield from a police officer. It concludes with Straka at the very top of the Capitol steps.

After he plead guilty in October, Straka tried to transition his social media followers to email subscribers. Under his plea agreement, Straka agreed to provide copies of his social media accounts, postings, videos, and photos to prosecutors. 

“Patriots,” he wrote to his Facebook followers on October 10. “Thanks are SO VOLATILE with Big Tech platforms right now. I implore each and every one of you to take 20 seconds to sign up for my email list RIGHT NOW. At any point the tech giants can pull the plug on any of us with no opportunity to let any of you know it has happened.”

“Please send love,” he wrote in another post. “Love. Love. LOVE. And tell your husbands, boyfriends, sons, and fathers to sign up for my emails!! I only get about 1 out of 100 emails from men. lol I love my women followers, but also want to hear from the guys that we're all going to get through this in one piece.”

A legal defense fund for Straka has so far raised $178,348.

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