Charging papers made public Tuesday allege that the younger Bozell, 41, appeared on video on the Senate chamber floor during the event wearing a Hershey Christian Academy hooded sweatshirt. Online tipsters identified him as “Zeek” or “Zeeker Bozell” and traced his work as a girls’ basketball coach in Hershey, Pa., the FBI said.
An FBI agent alleged that Bozell pointed a video camera that was mounted in the Senate chamber at the floor so that it would not record rioters entering.
Bozell’s attorney David B. Deitch said that neither he nor his client had any comment at this time.
Bozell made an initial appearance Wednesday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Robin M. Meriweather, who released him ahead of his trial on the condition that he stay away from the District.
Bozell did not enter a plea. His next hearing date is April 21.
Bozell’s father is the founder of a group of right-wing news outlets, including the Media Research Center, NewsBusters and CNSNews. Bozell’s grandfather L. Brent Bozell Jr. was a speechwriter for Sen. Joseph McCarthy (R-Wis.) and ghostwriter of 1964 GOP presidential nominee Barry Goldwater’s book, “The Conscience of a Conservative.”
Bozell is also the grandnephew of William F. Buckley Jr., founder of the National Review and a leading conservative intellectual, who once described his greatest achievement as purging the conservative movement in the latter part of the 20th century of “extremists, bigots, kooks, anti-Semites and racists.”
Bozell III told a meeting of leading conservatives and donors in August that he believed the left planned to “steal this election.”
“And if they get away with that, what happens?” he said. “Democracy is finished because they usher in totalitarianism.”
On Jan. 6, Bozell III told Fox Business that the riot was “an explosion of pent-up outrage from middle America.”
“Look, they are furious that they believe this election was stolen,” he said. “I agree with them.”
He added: “You can never countenance police being attacked. You cannot countenance our national Capitol being breached like this. I think it is absolutely wrong.” He blamed “one element that went forward in lawlessness.”
He continued, “I am heartsick about that element that has been so destructive and has done so much damage to a very noble cause, but the damage they have done to conservatives like me is profound.”