One of three North Texas officers who flew together in a private plane for the US Capitol insurrection on January 6, 2021, pleaded guilty last week, while another bragged that he had no received “no repercussions” on his real estate license, following conviction for his role in the bombing a year and a half ago.
On January 5, 2021, Agents Katherine Staveley Schwab, aka “Katie Schwab” of Colleyville; Frisco’s Jason Lee Hyland; and Jennifer Leigh Ryan, aka “Jenna Ryan” or “Jennifer Rodgers” of Frisco; flew to Washington, DC, in Hyland’s private plane, according to the US Department of Justice (DOJ). The next day, the three headed to the Capitol together after learning that the building had been breached. All three entered the building.
Before leaving the Capitol grounds, Schwab joined others in the crowd attacking media equipment in a press compound – kicking and throwing the equipment – as Hyland and Ryan looked on. . Afterwards, both Schwab and Ryan bragged about “storming the Capitol.”
On August 18, Schwab pleaded guilty to engaging in disruptive or disorderly conduct in a building or restricted lot as part of a plea deal. His sentencing is scheduled for December 9, according to the Fort Worth Star Telegram. The charge carries a maximum sentence of one year in prison, a fine of $100,000 and a period of probation of up to one year.
Schwab’s real estate license is currently inactive and is set to expire on September 30. Hyland’s license expired on May 31, 2021 and was not renewed. On March 28, he pleaded guilty to marching, demonstrating, and picketing a Capitol building. And on August 9, he was sentenced to seven days in jail and ordered to pay a $4,000 fine and $500 restitution.
Another officer involved in the riot, John MacMillan Cameron of Port Orchard, Wash., was sentenced last week to 36 months probation with 30 days served intermittently.
Ryan, who infamously claimed her ‘blonde hair’ and ‘white skin’ would keep her out of jail, was sentenced to 60 days in jail in November, which she served between Dec. 21 and Feb. 17 in Bryan , a minimum-security facility. federal prison camp in Texas.
Now Ryan has started a podcast, called Texas News Debate and “Jenna Ryan J6”, a Substack newsletter, about her experiences that day. In the August 15 inaugural message, she detailed her prison experience and the impacts of her involvement in the Capitol riot on her business.
“Yes, this situation has destroyed my business and my reputation,” she wrote. “It was not so much the event itself as the media onslaught that occurred (sic) after the event that hurt my business.
“Even though my business has been negatively affected, it hasn’t stopped me from working even harder, therefore, I am still able to make a living selling real estate.”
“I’m still a great realtor and appreciate your support and referrals,” she added.
Ryan’s real estate broker’s license remains active. There is no disciplinary action posted against Ryan, Schwab or Hyland on the Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC) website.
“I have not lost my real estate license and there have been no repercussions from the Texas Real Estate Commission for my attendance at Capitol Hill,” Ryan wrote.
“I was able to sell houses in 2021 and actually closed a house when I was in jail (thanks to the help of a broker friend).”
Ryan remains a member of the association and is therefore still a real estate agent, according to the Collin County Association of Realtors (CCAR).
“Whenever an association of real estate agents is notified that a fee-paying member’s license status is inactive, suspended or revoked by the licensing authority, the fee-paying member’s membership shall be terminated with the association. “CCAR Chief Operating Officer Jonna Fernandez said in an emailed statement.
“At this time, Ms. Ryan is a member of our association, as we have not been notified by the Texas Real Estate Commission that her licensing status is inactive, suspended or revoked.”
She said that Schwab and Hyland were never members of CCAR. TREC did not respond to emailed requests for comment.
Fernandez said CCAR has an agreement with the Texas Association of Realtors (TAR) to handle complaints involving members. She did not respond when asked if TAR had disciplined Ryan for his involvement in the Capitol attack or under the National Association of Realtors’ hate speech policy for claiming that she wouldn’t go to jail because of her race.
Fernandez also did not respond when asked if TAR or CCAR had taken action against Ryan under an NAR policy which states that disciplinary action can be taken against a member.”[o]no member shall be convicted, tried or otherwise recorded as guilty by final judgment of any court of competent jurisdiction of any felony or crime involving moral turpitude.
Asked about disciplinary action against Ryan, Schwab or Hyland, a spokesperson for Texas Realtors told Inman in an emailed statement, “Our complaints process is confidential. We are unable to disclose whether an individual member has had a complaint filed against them, or disclose the results of any such complaint. All complaints are fully investigated and more information can be found at: www.texasrealtors.com/complaints.
Inman contacted NAR to ask if the trade group was aware of any realtor association imposing discipline on Ryan, Schwab or Hyland. We’ll update this story if and when we hear back.
In the year since Jan. 6, NAR has been the second largest contributor among trade groups to the campaigns of lawmakers who voted against certification of the 2020 election results, known as the ‘Sedition Caucus’. “.
In his Substack post, Ryan wrote, “I’m in litigation with various entities, but can’t discuss it.” She did not respond to a phone call and text message seeking comment.
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