The Man Who Wore A “Camp Auschwitz” Sweatshirt During The Jan. 6 Insurrection Pleaded Guilty

WASHINGTON — A Virginia man whose presence in the US Capitol during the Jan. 6 insurrection went viral after he was recorded walking around in a “Camp Auschwitz” sweatshirt entered a guilty plea on Wednesday.

Federal agents investigating the Capitol assault have probed possible connections between extremist groups and the people who descended on the building to disrupt Congress’s certification of the Electoral College results. When the FBI asked a judge to sign off on a search warrant of Packer’s house a week after the insurrection, an agent wrote that in addition to evidence related to his physical presence in the Capitol, such as the sweatshirt, they were also looking for “any other evidence of Nazi symbolism.”

According to a redacted return of that warrant first reported by Seamus Hughes of the Program on Extremism at George Washington University, the items that agents reported finding included “Swastika artwork,” an “image of Hitler,” and “two VCR tapes with Hitler photos.” The government’s court filings in Packer’s case didn’t detail any formal ties to neo-Nazi or other extremist groups.