FBI arrests Ohio pastor who shouted ‘mission accomplished’ at Capitol on Jan. 6

Federal authorities arrested an Ohio pastor Wednesday for his role in the Jan. 6, 2021 insurrection.

Bill Dunfee, 57, was arrested on felony charges of interfering with a law enforcement officer during a civil disorder and obstruction of an official proceeding, in addition to five misdemeanors. Dunfee serves as the pastor at the New Beginnings Ministries Warsaw and used the pulpit to express the baseless belief that President Biden stole the 2020 election.

The FBI stated it began its investigation into Dunfee in February 2021, the month after supporters of former President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol in an attempt to stop the formal counting of the electoral votes showing Biden won. They added that Dunfee confirmed his attendance to them in a March 2021 phone call and they received additional tips about his role over that summer.

Rioters clash with police trying to enter Capitol building through the front doors. Rioters broke windows and breached the Capitol building in an attempt to overthrow the results of the 2020 election. (Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)

, Dunfee spoke about the election during a December 27, 2020, sermon, saying, “The Government, the tyrants, the socialists, the Marxists, the progressives, the RINOs, they fear you. And they should. Our problem is we haven’t given them reason to fear us.”

Dunfee added, “As I said earlier in another previous sermon is this, they used to tell us, you know what, you settle your differences at the ballot. How did that work out for us? It’s not over.”

The Justice Department alleges that Dunfee illegally entered the Capitol grounds with a bullhorn which he used to say, “We are taking our house.” As some of the insurrectionists dispersed on the afternoon of Jan. 6, Dunfee told them, “Mission accomplished,” and replied “Hallelujah” to a fellow rioter who said, “We did it, we shut ‘em all down. We did our job.”

In this Sunday, Aug. 22, 2010 photo, Pastor Bill Dunfee, left, of New Beginnings Ministries Church, greets supporters of The Fox Hole strip club as they protest against his church in Warsaw, Ohio. Officials are pleading for a pastor and an Ohio strip club owner to stop weekly protesting of each other's establishments over a years-long feud. Dunfee and men from the Warsaw church have protested outside the Foxhole North strip club in New Castle. The business has responded with Sunday morning protests outside the church, including a recent one by topless dancers. (Jay LaPrete/AP)

Pastor Bill Dunfee, left, of New Beginnings Ministries Church, greets supporters of The Fox Hole strip club as they protest against his church in Warsaw, Ohio in 2010. (Jay LaPrete/AP)

Dunfee spoke about his experience during a May 2021 sermon, saying, “We show up January 6th at the Capitol Building right? To let it be known that we are not going to stand back and let an election be stolen. That we are going to hold our legislators accountable, and so on and so forth? And what did that get us? Huh? We are all deemed what? Huh? Bunch of terrorists, right?”

“I can tell you, having been there [at the U.S. Capitol], that um, we were surrounded by patriots,” Dunfee added. “Many, many, many, many patriots. And I thank god they showed up to um, just to let it be known, that you know, what the bottom line is this, that um, you are not stealing this election. You’re not going to rob us, deprive us of a democracy, of a republic, without us being heard.”

Dunfee was expected to make his first appearance in court in the Southern District of Ohio on Wednesday.

Nearly 900 individuals have been arrested for their roles in the events of Jan. 6. The House committee investigating Jan. 6 was planning on having an additional hearing last week but postponed it due to Hurricane Ian. are currently being tried for a number of charges that include seditious conspiracy for their participation on Jan. 6.

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