(RepublicanInformer.com)- The FBI raided the home of Aaron Whallon Wolkind, the vice president of the Philadelphia chapter of the Proud Boys last Friday morning. Agents seized his computer, phone, and other electronics in order to go on a fishing expedition to find “evidence” related to the January 6 riot at the Capitol.
More than a dozen federal agents, dressed in riot gear and accompanied by an armored vehicle and battering ram, swarmed Wolkind’s Delaware home around four in the morning Friday.
In other words, they pulled a Roger Stone.
The feds, blasting through loudspeakers, ordered him to exit the house with his hands up. Wolkind complied and, along with his girlfriend, came outside and were immediately handcuffed — though neither was arrested or charged with any crimes.
Wolkind wasn’t in Washington DC on January 6. And according to his lawyer Jonathan Moseley, the search and seizure at Wolkind’s home was to gather information in the case against Zach Rehl, the president of the Philadelphia Proud Boys, whom Moseley also represents.
Rehl was arrested in March on charges he conspired with other Proud Boys to attack the Capitol. He remains in a Philadelphia jail pending trial.
Details of the raid became public over the weekend, after Moseley filed a motion for bail in Rehl’s case and used the raid to support his contention that the government doesn’t have sufficient evidence against Rehl to deny him bail and keep him in custody.
The search warrant permitted agents to seize records and information related to people who “collaborated, conspired, or assisted,” or “communicated about matters” including their whereabouts during the January 6 riot, or the “legitimacy of the 2020 presidential election,” the filing says.
So questioning the “legitimacy” of the last election is now a federal crime? Really?
The warrant also allowed the FBI to collect “clothing items” that would associate Wolkind with the Proud Boys.
Moseley argued that the raid on Wolkind — a close friend of Rehl’s — shows that the prosecution lacks sufficient evidence to hold Rehl without bail.
After they searched his home, agents “interrogated” Wolkind inside, Moseley said in the filing. But Wolkind wisely refused to talk to them without the advice of his attorney. So the agents left with the electronics and Wolkind was released.