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Dutchess County man accused of taking photos of congressional documents during Capitol riot

A Hudson Valley man accused of taking part in the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol appeared in federal court Friday.

News 12 Staff

Feb 27, 2021, 4:09 AM

Updated 1,210 days ago

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A Hudson Valley man accused of taking part in the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol appeared in federal court Friday.
Christopher Patrick Moynihan, of Salt Point, was arrested late Thursday evening. Point is alleged to have been inside the Capitol and is accused of taking pictures of congressional documents.
The complaint charges him with multiple federal violations including obstructing Congress, entering a restricted building, and using threatening language at the Capitol.
Two people tipped off the FBI, and officials used video and phone location data in their investigation.
Video appears to show Moynihan taking pictures of official congressional notes on his phone. As he goes through the pages, he says, "There has to be something here we can use against these scumbags."
In another part of the video, someone else says, "I think Cruz would want us to do this."
Moynihan seemingly responds, "Yeah, absolutely."
He's later seen standing on the dais inside the Senate chamber.
He's been released on $50,000 bail but must wear an ankle monitor.
Moynihan is due back in court March 26.
In other Capitol riot developments, new body cam video was released that prosecutors say shows an Orange County man and former member of law enforcement beating another police officer at the January riot.
As News 12 has reported, Thomas Webster, former NYPD member and retired Marine, is accused of using a metal flagpole to attack an officer who was protecting the Capitol. The video allegedly shows Webster in a red coat using the flagpole to attach the officer.  
He's also accused of trying to rip off the officer's face shield and gas mask. Earlier this week, Webster pled not guilty in federal court in White Plains.


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