Enrique Tarrio, longtime chairman of the extremist group Proud Boys, has been indicted on a new federal charge of seditious conspiracy along with four top Proud Boys members, in connection with the Jan. 6 invasion of the U.S. Capitol building. The new charges dramatically expand the cases against them.
Breaking News: Five members of the Proud Boys, including the group’s former leader, Enrique Tarrio, were charged with seditious conspiracy for their roles in the Jan. 6 riot. https://t.co/2CdBwxo57q
— The New York Times (@nytimes) June 6, 2022
From the New York Times:
The sedition charges against Mr. Tarrio and his co-defendants — Joseph Biggs, Ethan Nordean, Zachary Rehl and Dominic Pezzola — came in an amended indictment that was unsealed in Federal District Court in Washington.
The men had already been charged in an earlier indictment filed in March with conspiring to obstruct the certification of the 2020 presidential election, which took place during a joint session of Congress on Jan. 6, 2021.
Another Proud Boy lieutenant who was originally charged with the men, Charles Donohoe, pleaded guilty in April and is cooperating with the government’s inquiry into the group.
Read more at the NY Times.
In January I reported the Justice Department had charged 11 people, including Stewart Rhodes – founder of the far-right militia known as the Oath Keepers – with seditious conspiracy for their alleged roles in the violent January 6 invasion of the U.S. Capitol.
The sedition charges are the most serious criminal charges to be brought in the Justice Department’s investigation into the events of January 6.
Longtime Proud Boys leader Henry ‘Enrique’ Tarrio and 4 top lieutenants charged with seditious conspiracy in widening Jan. 6 case https://t.co/tzoTmZCkSS
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) June 6, 2022
Seditious conspiracy is huge. No more serious federal crime short of treason. Only several times in the past century have such charges been brought by DOJ. https://t.co/vbV34UgqO6
— Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) June 6, 2022