The leader of the "Walk Away" social media movement that encouraged voters to leave the Democratic Party will be sharing his private social media messages with federal investigators as part of a plea agreement.
Former New York City hairstylist Brandon Straka, 44, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge after he videotaped his actions at the Capitol on January 6th. Prior to the breaching of the Capitol by Trump supporters seeking to overturn the election, Straka spoke at the "Stop the Steal" rally where Trump spoke.
"Your client agrees to allow law enforcement agents to have copies of any social media accounts, postings, videos, or photos that your client still has access to and to be willing to allow law enforcement to interview your client regarding the events in and around January 6, 2021 prior to entry of a guilty plea," reads the "Cooperation with Additional Investigation" section of his plea agreement.
Straka is facing up to six months in prison and has agreed to pay $500 in restitution.
"Straka, who launched the #WalkAway social media campaign, promoted himself as a gay former liberal and has encouraged voters to leave the Democratic Party. He amassed more than 550,000 Twitter followers and became a Fox News contributor after posting a viral video in May 2018 describing why he left the Democratic Party," The Washington Post reported.
According to charging documents, on January 7th Straka posted a 59-minute video to his Twitter account discussing the events of the day.
U.S. District Judge Dabney L. Friedrich scheduled sentencing for December 17th.
In June of 2020, Straka was banned from American Airlines after refusing to wear a mask on a flight from New York to Seattle.
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