Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco was a paying member in 2014 of the Oath Keepers, a far-right, anti-government group whose ranks participated in the Capitol insurrection on Jan. 6, prompting some local leaders to call for his resignation.
Bianco acknowledged his former membership — but did not denounce the group — after the information came to light through a data leak.
“Like many other law enforcement officers and veterans who were members, I learned the group did not offer me anything and so I did not continue membership,” Bianco said in a statement Wednesday.
Bianco, elected sheriff in 2018, said that he has not been a member of the group since 2014.
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