Prosecutors defend Jan 6 felony charge filed against former Marine helicopter pilot

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By Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Federal prosecutors on Tuesday defended their decision to file a felony “obstruction” charge for actions during the Jan. 6 Capitol riot against a former U.S. Marine who served in a presidential helicopter squad when George W. Bush and Barack Obama were in the White House. At a hearing before U.S. District Judge Rudolph Contreras, Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth Kelley said that video found on the cellphone of former Marine John Andries “was central” to a decision by prosecutors to add a felony charge to misdemeanor riot-related charges they had initia…

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