Actor Jay Johnston charged for role in Jan. 6 protests

June 8, 2023
Ryan Ledendecker

President Joe Biden's Department of Justice continues to go after many of those involved in the Jan. 6 Capitol incursion. 

According to Breitbart, the Justice Department's latest takedown was none other than Jay Johnston, best known for voicing a popular character on the Fox animated series "Bob's Burgers," and for his role on "Arrested Development."

Johnston, who took part in the events that day, was charged with "felony obstruction of officers during civil disorder," according to court documents.

So far, more than 1000 people have been charged for taking part on Jan. 6, and hundreds of additional arrests are reportedly coming down the pipeline.

What happened?

As the FBI did with many other people involved in the Jan. 6 protests, the agency tweeted out a photo of him at the Capitol on Jan. 6 and asked the public for more information.

According to the court filings, Johnston was reportedly captured on surveillance cameras that day.

Breitbart noted:

As Breitbart News reported, Johnston was “banned” from his role on Fox’s Bob’s Burgers in 2021 for allegedly attending the January 6 riot. At the time, it was unclear if Johnston had participated in the January 6 riot since the FBI hadn’t charged or arrested the actor.

According to Axios, Johnston "allegedly participated in a group push effort with his fellow rioters against the police in the tunnel."

A DOJ statement read, "Johnston was near the front of the mob illegally amassed on the West Plaza of the United States Capitol Building. After the police on the West Plaza were forced to retreat, Johnston, along with others, pursued the police to the Lower West Terrace and into tunnel that leads into the Capitol Building. "

Now what?

The DOJ added: "He surrendered to the FBI Los Angeles field office today. He is expected to make his initial appearance today in the Central District of California."

"This case is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and the Department of Justice National Security Division’s Counterterrorism Section. Valuable assistance was provided by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California," it continued.

Upon being discovered as a participant on Jan. 6, Johnston lost his "Bob's Burgers" gig.

Only time will tell how many more participants are charged for taking part. The DOJ has received widespread criticism for its unusually aggressive pursuit of those who were there that day.

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