Idaho Lt. Gov. McGeachin speaks out on controversial Facebook photo

Posted at 12:03 PM, Mar 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-01 16:49:24-05

BOISE — Idaho Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin says a photo she posted on Facebook appearing to show her supporting an anti-government group is just her showing support for a man in federal prison for traveling across state lines to aid in extortion.

McGeachin, in the statement on Friday, says no other messages were intended in the now-deleted post made on Thursday -- showing herself in front of her office with two men in orange prison outfits with the name ENGEL across their chests.

Todd Engle last summer was sentenced to fourteen years in prison for his role in a 2014 standoff near the Nevada ranch of anti-government activist Cliven Bundy.

McGeachin appears to be making a heart sign and in the caption writes: "Sending love to Todd Engel from the Idaho Capitol ..."

The two unidentified men in the photo are flashing hand signs indicating an association with the III Percenters, considered an anti-government group.

(story by Keith Ridler, Associated Press)
(photo courtesy: @Walton_Emily)