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US Army captain resigns after ‘leading 100 people’ to deadly Capitol rally

US Army captain resigns after \'leading 100 people\' to deadly Capitol rally
Emily Rainey is being investigated by the US Army for her involvement at the Capitol rally (Picture: AP/Getty)

A US Army captain has resigned after admitting to taking 100 people to the Pro-Trump rally that caused the deadly Capitol riots.

Emily Rainey, 30, has quit her job as psychological operations officer with the army for her involvement in Wednesday’s horrific events in Washington DC.

She is being investigated by the US Army for leading 100 people from North Carolina to the capital to be a part of the protest against Joe Biden’s election win.

Rainey, however, said she acted within military regulations and that no one in her group broke the law, reports CBS News.

Trump supporters try to break through a police barrier, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, at the Capitol in Washington. As Congress prepares to affirm President-elect Joe Biden's victory, thousands of people have gathered to show their support for President Donald Trump and his claims of election fraud. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Trump supporters clashed with police at the Capitol in Washington on Wednesday (Picture: AP)

‘I was a private citizen and doing everything right and within my rights’, the officer said.

Speaking about her actions, Rainey said she led members of Moore County Citizens for Freedom, which describes itself as a nonpartisan network promoting conservative values, to Washington to ‘stand against election fraud’.

She added that whilst the group did attend the rally, she said she didn’t know anyone who entered the Capitol and claims she and her group went back to their buses hours before an emergency curfew took effect.

Five people sadly lost their lives in the riots at the Capitol building last week in an event that was condemned by president-elect Joe Biden as an ‘insurrection’.

In this image taken from video provided by WRAL-TV, Capt. Emily Rainey speaks during an interview with WRAL-TV, in Southern Pines, N.C., in May 2020. The Army is investigating Rainey, a psychological operations officer, who led a group of people from North Carolina to the rally in Washington that led to the deadly riot in the U.S. Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump. (Courtesy of WRAL-TV via AP)
Emily Rainey, 30, has resigned from her job as psychological operations officer with the US Army (Credits: AP)

Commanders at the Fort Bragg military base in North Carolina, where Rainey was stationed, have since said they are conducting a review of Rainey’s involvement at the Capitol.

Rainey previously made headlines back in May after she posted a video online of her pulling down tape around a playground that was closed under North Carolina’s coronavirus restrictions.

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