There are new conspiracy indictments in the January 6th case, and, like the last set, these focus on an organized right-wing group. Newest indictments center on the Proud Boys extremist group, including leader Enrique Tarrio.
According to the Washington Post, Tarrio has been describing himself as a “former leader” of the Proud Boys. He and other Proud Boys leaders are accused of conspiring to interfere with an official proceeding. He has denied any involvement, and was not on the Capitol grounds that day, although he was arrested two days before for burning a Black Lives Matter banner stolen from a church after a separate Stop the Steal rally. Staying out of D.C. was part of his bond agreement in that case.
The indictment shows Tarrio listed along with four others: Ethan Nordean, Joseph Biggs, Zachary Rehl, Charles Donohoe, and Dominic Pezzola, on a total of eight charges, including conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding, obstruction of an official proceeding, obstruction of law enforcement, destruction of government property, assaulting, resisting, or impeding officers, and robbery of United States property. Tarrio is left out of the last charge, but otherwise all 8 are applied to all names on the indictment.
It alleges that Tarrio and others started a new Proud Boys chapter titled the “Ministry of Self-Defense,” or “MOSD,” and gathered paramilitary gear and made plans for the event over an encrypted channel. It also notes that despite being told to leave D.C. after his January 4th arrest, he first met with Oath Keepers leader Stewart Rhodes, who is facing seditious conspiracy charges, for a conversation that referenced the Capitol.
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