Right-wing activist Brandon Straka, who spoke at a "Stop the Steal" rally in Washington, D.C., prior to the Capitol insurrection, will plead guilty next week to a reduced charge stemming from the riot, according to court documents.
"Straka was arrested in January on multiple charges, including impeding law enforcement during civil disorder – a felony which carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison. However, earlier this month the Justice Department reduced that to one misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct in a Capitol building," Washington's CBS affiliate reports.
Straka, a self-described "former liberal" who founded the #WalkAway movement during the 2018 midterms, is the only "Stop the Steal" speaker who's been charged in the insurrection. He spoke at a "Stop the Steal" event on Jan. 5 and claimed he was scheduled to speak at former president Donald Trump's rally immediately prior to the riot.
Shortly after the riot, Straka said he was "completely confused" by conservative claims that antifa was responsible for the violence.
"Also- be embarrassed & hide if you need to- but I was there," Straka wrote on Twitter. "It was not Antifa at the Capitol. It was freedom loving Patriots who were DESPERATE to fight for the final hope of our Republic because literally nobody cares about them. Everyone else can denounce them. I will not."
Straka was also recently named in a records request from the House Select Committee investigating the insurrection, which is seeking documents related to the "recruitment, planning, coordination, and other preparations" for the "Stop the Steal" rallies, the station reports.
Straka appeared to address his upcoming plea in a message to supporters, screen shots of which were posted to Twitter by another user on Thursday.
"As of now, I am not happy with what I am being asked to do," Straka wrote. "It flies in the face of what is true, and I have always been about telling the truth — whether people like it or not. It's sad to me that a person can be put in a position to have to take ownership of something that is false, and seemingly have no other choice."
Read the full message below.