FBI searches home of GOP candidate for Michigan governor Ryan Kelley

LANSING — The FBI raided the home of Republican candidate for Michigan governor Ryan Kelley on Thursday morning.

The FBI executed both a search warrant and an arrest warrant at Kelley’s home in Allendale Township, spokeswoman Mara Schneider said in Bridge Michigan.

Video reviewed by Bridge Michigan appeared to show FBI agents driving a man who looked like Kelley into a gray SUV shortly before 9:30 a.m.

It is not immediately clear why the man was taken away by authorities.

Chris Kelley, a parent and Kelley campaign treasurer, said he was “aware” of Thursday morning’s law enforcement raid but declined to comment further.

A real estate agent, Kelley rose to prominence in conservative circles in 2020 for protesting the removal of a Confederate statue in his hometown and organizing a protest at the Michigan Capitol against COVID-19 policies.

Kelley was at the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021, when supporters of former President Donald Trump entered the building in an attempt to stop Congress from certifying President Joe Biden as the winner.

Kelley said he didn’t enter the Capitol. Video from outside the building showed him climbing scaffolding and cheering on other protesters.

Bridge Michigan will have more on this developing story.

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