Enrique Tarrio, the former head of the Proud Boys, and four other members of the far-right group were accused on Monday of seditious conspiracy in connection with their participation in the Jan. 6 storming of the Capitol, some of the most serious criminal allegations lodged in the Justice Department’s vast investigation into the assault.
Leader Of Proud Boys Has Been Charged With Treason
A revised indictment of sedition was released in Federal District Court in Washington. The men had been charged in March with plotting to hinder the declaration of the 2020 u.s. presidential election, which was held on Jan. 6, 2021, during a joint session of Congress. This is the second time a far-right organization has been charged with treasonous conspiracy concerning the assault on Jan. 6. Stewart Rhodes, the leader, and creator of the far-right Oath Keepers organization was arrested and jailed with the same felony in January, along with ten others.
Prosecutors must establish that at least two persons consented to use force to remove government authority or delay the implementation of a U.S. law, an allegation that can be hard to prove and carries special legal weight as well as political undertones. It carries a maximum jail term of 20 years. The additional accusations were not immediately apparent, but the indictment highlighted the Proud Boys’ pivotal involvement in the plan to prevent President Donald J. Trump‘s loss and “oppose the legal transfer of presidential authority by force” by invading the Capitol.
Two individuals familiar with the committee’s intentions said on Monday that the organization and its operations around the Capitol will be key to the story being stitched together by the House committee probing the attack and Mr. Trump’s efforts to reverse the election results.