Prosecutors charge former Proud Boys leader, 4 others with seditious conspiracy in Jan. 6 attack

Written by on June 6, 2022

Federal prosecutors escalated their case towards the Proud Boys extremist group Monday, unveiling new federal costs of seditious conspiracy towards Henry “Enrique” Tarrio, the group’s former nationwide chairman, and 4 prime associates associated to the lethal Jan. 6, 2021Capitol attack.

The brand new costs construct on an earlier conspiracy case towards Tarrio, 38; Ethan Nordean, 31; Joseph Biggs, 38; Zachary Rehl, 37; and Dominic Pezzola, 44, accused in an organized plot to stop the certification of President Joe Biden’s election. 

All stay detained on the sooner costs.

The brand new indictment provides two costs: one rely of seditious conspiracy, and one rely of conspiracy to stop an officer from discharging any duties.  All defendants now face a complete of 9 costs, whereas a theft cost additionally was lodged towards Pezzola.

All 5 are scheduled to make their first courtroom appearances on new costs Thursday in Washington.

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Enrique Tarrio (C), leader of the Proud Boys, uses a megaphone to address people gathered at the Torch of Friendship to remember the one year anniversary of the killing of George Floyd on May 25, 2021 in Miami, Florida.

“On Jan. 6, 2021, the defendants directed, mobilized, and led members of the gang onto the Capitol grounds and into the Capitol, resulting in dismantling of steel barricades, destruction of property, breaching of the Capitol constructing, and assaults on legislation enforcement,” prosecutors alleged. “Throughout and after the assault, Tarrio and his co-defendants claimed credit score for what had occurred on social media and in an encrypted chat room.”

Whereas Tarrio was not current on the Capitol on Jan. 6, prosecutors allege that the previous chief helped direct the group’s effort.

The rarely-used cost of sedition was first introduced in reference to a Jan. 6 case towards 11 members of the paramilitary Oath Keepers group, together with chief Stewart Rhodes, in a plot to dam the switch of energy.

Because the Oath Keepers’ case was filed in January, three of the group’s members pleaded responsible and have agreed to cooperate with the federal government’s persevering with investigation.

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The far-reaching legal investigation has up to now resulted within the arrests of greater than 800 folks on costs associated to the Capitol breach. Of the overall, about 250 have been charged with assaulting legislation enforcement officers or making an attempt to intrude with authorities.

Investigators even have been in search of proof of suspects’ potential connections with former President Donald Trump and members of his internal circle.

Throughout a September 2020 debate, Trump declined to sentence extremist teams and known as on the Proud Boys to “stand again and stand by.”

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The brand new sedition costs come as a particular Home committee prepares to host the first in a sequence of public hearings Thursday on its separate, year-long investigation into the Capitol assault.   

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