Lindsey Graham Was Photographed With Proud Boy Leader Arrested For Raiding U.S. Capitol

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Proud Boys leader Joe Biggs was arrested and charged for participating in the Jan. 6 insurrection after he was caught on camera storming the Capitol, according to The Daily Beast.

Joseph Biggs, a top organizer with the white nationalist organization, has been slapped with three charges, including obstruction of an official proceeding, for his role in the Jan. 6 riots.

Prosecutors say the 37-year-old Florida resident is a “self-described organizer” of the Proud Boys, which describes itself as a “pro-Western fraternal organization for men who refuse to apologize for creating the modern world; aka Western Chauvinists.”

Biggs can be seen in several videos and photos taken inside the Capitol building, including one where someone shouts out his name. In the video, Biggs pulls down his face mask and declares, “This is awesome,” according to a criminal complaint.

In 2019, a smiling Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) was photographed with Biggs at a Trump hotel.

While rumors circulated that the pair had dinner together in November of that year, Snopes reported that it is unclear whether Biggs simply snapped a quick selfie with the senator or if something more like a meeting took place.

Based on third-party social media posts, it appears Biggs originally posted the photograph to one of his Instagram accounts, @anticom3, during a visit to Trump’s Washington, D.C. hotel on Nov. 7, 2019. That account has since been deleted, so we were unable to find a copy of the original picture. However, a Nov. 7, 2019, Twitter post included the photograph of Graham and Biggs, meaning it appears to have been taken earlier that day at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C.

The “dinner” claim likely comes from the fact that, as part of the same series of photographs apparently posted to Instagram on Nov. 7, 2019, Biggs included a picture of his dinner plate, with the location “Trump International Hotel, Washington D.C.” Biggs therefore ate dinner at the hotel, and met Graham there. That doesn’t mean the two men ate together. 

Graham has claimed that he does not know Biggs, with his spokesperson telling Snopes in a statement: “This is one of the tens of thousands of selfies Senator Graham has taken with individuals.”

The spokesperson added that Graham “does not know this individual and has spoken out against the Proud Boys.”

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