Oath Keeper pleads guilty to seditious conspiracy, marking first such conviction in Capitol riot
A guilty plea by a 34-year-old Army veteran is potentially problematic for the other 10 defendants in the high-profile government case.It marks the first person involved in the violent attack on the U.S. Capitol to be convicted of the rarely used charge.
The Jan. 6 committee believes the Oath Keepers and Proud Boys may have worked together to coordinate the assault on the Capitol, according to new reports.
Leaders of the groups coordinated efforts to forestall certification of the 2020 election physically, according to evidence the committee uncovered during its investigation that included testimony and video of leaders from the two groups meeting before the riot.
Oath Keepers’ Lawyer Who Likened Vaccine Mandates to the Holocaust Has Been Disbarred in Virginia
The lawyer for Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes and other extremists tied to the Jan. 6 attacks has been disbarred in the commonwealth of Virginia on a slew of professional violations, including candor toward the tribunal, fairness to opposing party, unauthorized practice of law and other misconduct. The post Oath Keepers’ Lawyer Who Likened Vaccine Mandates to the Holocaust Has Been Disbarred in Virginia first appeared on Law & Crime.The lawyer for Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes and other extremists tied to the Jan.
On Wednesday, the panel heard testimony from filmmaker Nick Quested about communication between the leaders of the two groups, Save America rally organizers, and other political operatives, sources told the Guardian. Information from the testimony has been viewed by the committee as a significant breakthrough as it searches for links among organizers of the preceding rally, the riot, and the White House, per the report.
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The Oath Keepers is a loosely organized group largely comprised of former law enforcement and military personnel, according to the Justice Department. The Proud Boys describes itself as a "pro-Western fraternal organization for men who refuse to apologize for creating the modern world." Both groups have been key targets of the Justice Department and the Jan. 6 committee's inquiries into the riot.
Court disbars Jan. 6 defense lawyer who claimed “it’s not illegal to go inside the Capitol”
Attorney Jonathon Moseley claimed the Oath Keepers merely "went to the Capitol to provide security" Trump supporters clash with police and security forces as people try to storm the US Capitol on January 6, 2021 in Washington, DC. - Demonstrators breeched security and entered the Capitol as Congress debated the 2020 presidential election Electoral Vote Certification.
On Jan. 5, 2021, a "documentary film crew" was nearby when Oath Keepers leader Elmer Stewart Rhodes and Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio held a meeting for half an hour in a parking garage, the Justice Department revealed last month. But members of the Jan. 6 committee who reviewed footage of the meeting could not conclude the duo discussed the riot, harboring suspicions Tarrio may have had filmmakers nearby to exonerate himself.
Still, the committee reportedly believes it has accumulated a trove of evidence of coordination between the groups and has become increasingly interested in uncovering links between them and Jan. 6 rally organizers, including figures such as Ali Alexander and Alex Jones. Quested shot a video documenting Alexander's activity near the Capitol, according to the outlet. Some of the rally organizers have been linked to the White House.
Federal prosecutors have slapped members of the Oath Keepers and Proud Boys with seditious conspiracy and other charges for their actions during the riot. Tarrio was arrested last month and pleaded not guilty this week to charges related to Jan. 6, and members of the Oath Keepers stockpiled guns and other weapons in the days before the assault on the Capitol transpired, the Justice Department revealed in court filings.
Proud Boys Co-Leader Charles Donohoe Pleads Guilty to Capitol Riot Charges
Donohoe pleaded guilty to conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding and assaulting, resisting or impeding officers.Charles Donohoe, 34, was part of a group of about 100 Proud Boys who stormed the federal building that day, throwing water bottles at police officers and joining the crowd that pushed past the officers into the building, the Department of Justice said in a release.
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The panel is also reportedly mulling whether to pursue an interview with former President Donald Trump. So far, it has interviewed over 800 witnesses and amassed thousands of key documents. On Tuesday, lawmakers interviewed Ivanka Trump for several hours and previously interviewed her husband, Jared Kushner. Next month, the Jan. 6 committee is expected to commence public hearings for its investigation and has reportedly consulted outside talent to develop its final report.
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