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Proud Boys charged with sedition in US Capitol attack


A leader of the Proud Boys and four other members of the far-right group were charged on Monday with sedition in connection with the Jan. 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol.

Henry “Enrique” Tarrio, 38, is already facing other charges related to the failed attempt by supporters of former President Donald Trump to block Democrat Joe Biden’s election victory.

A replacement indictment unveiled on Monday added the more serious charge of seditious conspiracy to the charges against Tarrio, the former “national president” of the Proud Boys, and the four other members.

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Tarrio was arrested in Miami in March and is also charged with conspiracy to obstruct official process, obstruct law enforcement, destroy government property and other offenses.

More than 800 people have been arrested in connection with the storming of Congress by Trump supporters, according to the Justice Department, but only a handful face the charge of seditious conspiracy, which carries a sentence of up to up to 20 years in prison.

Stewart Rhodes, 56, founder of another far-right organization, the Oath Keepers, has been charged with seditious conspiracy along with 10 other members of the group.

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Three members of the Oath Keepers have pleaded guilty.

According to the superseding indictment, Tarrio was not in Washington on January 6, but he met Rhodes on January 5 in an underground parking lot in Washington and had contact with members of the Proud Boys who raped Capitol.

Along with Tarrio, four other members of the Proud Boys – Dominic Pezzola, 44, Joseph Biggs, 38, Ethan Nordean, 31 and Zachary Rehl, 36 – have been charged with seditious conspiracy in addition to their previous charges.

The indictment comes three days before a public hearing by the House Select Committee investigating the storming of the US Capitol.

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The committee is trying to see if Trump or members of his inner circle played a role in planning or abetting the violent attack, and has subpoenaed advisers and aides to the former president.

The assault on the Capitol left at least five dead and 140 police officers injured and followed a fiery speech by Trump to thousands of his supporters near the White House.

Trump was impeached for a historic second time by the House after the Capitol riot – he was charged with inciting insurrection – but was acquitted by the Senate, where only seven members of his own Republican party voted against him.

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