MARATHON, FLORIDA — Federal agents arrested a Florida couple on Monday for their alleged actions inside the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. on January 6, 2021.
Bryan Roger Bishop, 51, and Tonya Bishop, 47, were both charged with unlawfully entering the Capitol building, according to court documents obtained by the Miami Herald. Bryan was also accused of spraying a chemical irritant in the face of a D.C. police officer.
“The liveaboard couple came ashore in a dinghy and federal agents took them into custody without incident,” Monroe County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Adam Linhardt told the paper.
The FBI’s report asserts that Tonya Bishop called her husband’s son on January 4, 2021 and told him: “On the 6th, Trump has called The Patriots together, a bunch of us are headed over there.” The Bishops were not yet married at the time, but have since tied the knot.
The husband and wife join the more than 1,000 Americans who have been arrested for charges stemming from the events on January 6. Last week, a federal grand jury indicted former President Donald Trump for his efforts to overturn the 2020 election results in the now infamous rally that resulted in civilians entering the Capitol.
Both Trump and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis have said – if elected president in 2024 – they would consider pardoning many of the Americans charged from the incident. DeSantis added that he would consider pardoning Trump as well.
While the two political heavyweights have sparred on the campaign trail, the governor has maintained that the legal actions taken against Trump and his supporters are politically motivated.
“We need to enact reforms so that Americans have the right to remove cases from Washington, DC to their home districts,” DeSantis said.
“DC is a ‘swamp’ and it is unfair to have to stand trial before a jury that is reflective of the swamp mentality.”