Social media influencer Isabella Maria DeLuca accused of joining the January 6 attack on the US Capitol

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By journalsofus.com


A conservative social media influencer has been accused of Assault on the US Capitol and passing a stolen table through a broken window, allowing other rioters to use it as a weapon against the police, according to court records open on Monday.

Isabella Maria DeLuca was arrested last Friday in Irvine, California, on misdemeanor charges including theft of government property, disorderly conduct, and entering a restricted area.

DeLuca, who has more than 333,000 followers on the platform formerly known as Twitter, is a former congressional intern who works as a media associate for the Gold Institute for International Strategy. DeLuca’s profile on the institute’s website says she served as an ambassador for the conservative youth organization Turning Point USA.

DeLuca also interned for former U.S. Rep. Lee Zeldin of New York and Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona, both Republicans who have supported former President Donald Trump.

DeLuca, 24, of Setauket, New York, did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment. Online court records do not list any attorney representing her. A spokesperson for the Gold Institute for International Strategy said it learned Monday that DeLuca, who was hired in an unpaid position to update the organization’s social media presence, was facing criminal charges and said, “after further investigation internally, we felt it was necessary to separate our relationship.”

During the Jan. 6 riot, DeLuca responded to a post on Twitter by writing, “Fight back or let politicians steal the election? Defend yourself!”

Videos captured her entering a series of conference rooms inside the Capitol through a broken window on the Lower West Terrace. She went through a table through the window and then went back out through the same window. A table that another rioter threw at police resembled the one DeLuca passed through the window, according to an FBI agent’s affidavit.

DeLuca posted about the unrest for days after the Jan. 6 attack. When an Instagram user asked her why she supported storming the Capitol, she responded, “According to the constitution, it’s our house.”

Several days later, he posted on social media that he was at the Capitol on Jan. 6 and had “mixed feelings.”

“People went to the Capitol building because that is Our House and that is where we are going to present our complaints. “People feel, as I do, that an election was stolen from them and allowed,” she wrote.

When questioned by the FBI about two weeks after the attack on the Capitol, DeLuca denied entering the building on Jan. 6, the agent’s affidavit says.

More than 1,300 people have been charged with crimes related to the Capitol riot. More than 800 of them have been sentenced, and about two-thirds received prison terms ranging from a few days to 22 years.



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