“Given his willingness to travel to D.C. with criminals, the government believes the defendant is particularly dangerous in the current political environment,” Mr. Navarro added.
Ms. Eisner-Grynberg, Mr. Florea’s lawyer, told the judge that her client did not condone the “behavior” that had occurred at the Capitol last Wednesday.
“You can’t condemn what happened at the Capitol and hang out with the Proud Boys,” Mr. Navarro replied.
Ms. Eisner-Grynberg argued that Mr. Florea should be released from custody because he had not been charged with making threats online and that many of the statements he had made were false. She also said the “rhetoric was extremely high on all sides” on the day of the riot.
The judge, U.S. Magistrate Judge Sanket Bulsara, rejected that argument forcefully.
“This is not mere blather,” Judge Bulsara said. “And frankly, I think it’s deeply incorrect to make that suggestion.”
Siding with the government, the judge denied Mr. Florea bail.
In arguing against releasing Mr. Florea, Mr. Navarro also cited a 2014 news article that quoted a criminal complaint describing how Mr. Florea had choked his wife until she nearly lost consciousness while holding their infant daughter and then had threatened to kill them both with a knife.
Ms. Eisner-Grynberg said that those allegations had been dismissed. She also said that, after a lot of counseling, Mr. Florea and his wife, who now have two children, had reconciled and that the wife had no concerns about him being at home with her.
William K. Rashbaum contributed reporting.