According to NBC News, former Houston police officer Tam Pham has been federally charged for his alleged involvement in the January 6th Capitol riots. Pham who was a veteran Houston police officer of 18 years resigned last week. During the initial investigation, Pham told authorities that he traveled to Washington D.C. for a business trip and briefly attended Trump’s rally, according to an affidavit obtained by NBC. He told authorities that he was not part of the Capitol riots. However, pictures, including a selfie found on Pham’s phone in a deleted folder said otherwise.
According to the affidavit, authorities found photos of Pham inside the building including one where he was draped in a Trump flag posing with the statue of President Gerald R. Ford.
Investigators told Pham it was illegal to lie and Pham allegedly admitted to taking part in the riots but had no intention of violence or vandalism. He said he jumped the barricades and stayed in the Rotunda for around 15 minutes to “look at the historical art on the walls,” according to the affidavit.
Pham’s attorney, Nicole Hochglaube told NBC News, that Pham cooperated with the FBI and was “deeply saddened to be associated with the domestic terrorists…”
“He is deeply saddened to be associated with the domestic terrorists who attacked our Capitol on January 6th, believes strongly in the rule of law, and that the election choosing President Biden was fair and free,” she said.
Tam Pham was charged with one counts of violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capital grounds and knowingly entering a restricted building without permission.