Belgrade Man Pleads Not Guilty To Charges In Capitol Breach

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — A Montana man has pleaded not guilty to four charges filed after the FBI said he was involved in the Jan. 6 breach on the U.S. Capitol building while Congress was certifying Joe Biden as the winner of the November 2020 presidential election.

Andrew Cavanaugh of Belgrade appeared in federal court via video on June 4 and pleaded not guilty to charges alleging he picketed outside the Capitol, violently and illegally entered the Capitol and engaged in disruptive conduct while there, the Bozeman Daily Chronicle reported.

Cavanaugh was arrested in mid-March after the FBI said it identified him in part because he wore a hat with the name of his business — Tactical Citizen — while in the Capitol.

Posts on Cavanaugh's Facebook page talking about buying airplane tickets to go to Washington, D.C., were also used as evidence in filing the charges on May 14.

Cavanaugh was released on his own recognizance after his hearing last week.

Cavanaugh is one of at least six Montanans who were arrested after the violent siege on the Capitol led by supporters of former President Donald Trump.