Hamner showed up to the riot with a "Guns don't kill people, Clintons do" shirt.
At the riot, he engaged in a "tug-of-war" with officers over a bike rack being used as a barricade, the DOJ said.
A federal judge sentenced a Colorado man to 30-months behind bars on Friday for his participation in the Capitol riot on Jan. 6, 2021, according to a release from the Justice Department.
On the day of the insurrection, Thomas Patrick Hamner, 49, hopped over barricades blocking the West Lawn of the Capitol building, investigators said. Then he joined a slew of "violent rioters" who pushed against police attempting to keep them from advancing further, the release says.
While part of that crowd, Hamner "engaged with a tug-of-war with a Capitol Police officer and an officer from the Metropolitan Police Department over a bike rack that was being used as a barricade," according to the DOJ.
Hamner showed up to the riot wearing a "Guns don't kill people, Clintons do" shirt, according to evidence compiled by investigators.
He was arrested in November last year and pleaded guilty to a felony charge of interfering with law enforcement officers during a civil disorder in May.
He was indicted on that charge, as well as five others that he had pleaded not guilty to, the release says. Besides the stint in prison, Hamner will also have to pay a $2,000 fine and faces three years of probation when he's released, the DOJ said.
The Capitol riot left five people, including one police officer, dead. Members of the Proud Boys, which is classified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, were also present.
Organizers were emboldened by former President Donald Trump's urges to protest the results of the 2020 election with him, despite Democrat Joe Biden's election victory.
In February, insurrectionists scrambled to delete photos and social-media posts proving their participation in the Capitol riot. Some broke their cellphones, scrubbed their social media accounts, and tried to wipe hard drives that might contain photos and other proof of their involvement.
But others boasted of their involvement, making it easier for the FBI to catch and charge them.
So far, more than 919 people have been charged in connection with the insurrection, according to Insider's database.
Hamner's attorney did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.
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Fri, September 23, 2022 at 7:13 PM
Doug Jensen of Des Moines was convicted by a jury in Washington, D.C., of seven federal charges he faced for his role in the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol.
The jury deliberated four hours Friday before finding Jensen guilty of civil disorder, assaulting, resisting or impeding an officer, and other offenses.
What did prosecutors say?
During the week-long trial, prosecutors and officers who defended the Capitol described Jensen as a "leader of the mob" that stormed the building.
"Doug Jensen would not be stopped on Jan. 6 until he got what he came for: to stop the peaceful transfer of power," prosecutors said in their closing argument.
The prosecution's case leaned heavily on extensive video and photographs of Jensen parading through the Capitol, along with testimony from several members of law enforcement who clashed with him in the building.
"Jensen was the rioter who would not back down," prosecutors argued. "If it wasn't all recorded from at least 10 different angles, it'd be pretty hard to believe."
More: Who is Doug Jensen? Tracing a QAnon believer's path to the Jan. 6 Capitol riot
What did Doug Jensen's lawyer say?
Defense attorney Christopher Davis sought to distinguish between rioters who came "dressed in costume" and those "dressed for battle."
Davis argued that Jensen, who is expected to be sentenced in December, was one of the former and did not pose a serious threat to the officers he encountered.
Davis said the pandemic "did weird things to everyone" — perhaps Jensen more than others, he argued. He repeatedly described Jensen as "a confused man."
"He believed (QAnon)," Davis said. "He honestly believed it. … There's no other explanation for what he did that day."
As the guilty verdicts were announced, Jensen's wife, April, quietly cried as she sat in the second row of the courtroom behind him. Jensen blew a kiss to his wife when he came in to receive the verdict and she blew a kiss back when he was on his way out.
In custody before the trial, Jensen remained in custody after the verdicts.
What crimes did Doug Jensen commit?
The most serious charge against Jensen was obstructing an official proceeding, which carries a maximum 20-year sentence, compared with maximum terms of five years for civil disorder or one year for entering restricted grounds or impeding a police officer.
He was found guilty of five felony offenses, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office: "assaulting, resisting, or impeding a law enforcement officer, obstruction of an official proceeding, interfering with a law enforcement officer during a civil disorder, entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds with a dangerous weapon, and disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds with a dangerous weapon.
He also was found guilty of the misdemeanor offenses of disorderly conduct in a Capitol building, and parading, demonstrating or picketing in a Capitol building.
More: Officer testifies in Doug Jensen trial: the Des Moines man was a 'leader of the mob' in U.S. Capitol riot
How much jail time will Doug Jensen face?
"The felony charges carry a total statutory maximum of 53 years in prison and potential financial penalties. The misdemeanor offenses carry a combined statutory maximum of one year of incarceration and potential financial penalties," the U.S. Attorney's Office said.
Defendants typically don’t receive maximum sentences allowable under federal guidelines.
Longer sentences so far from Jan. 6 crimes have tended to go to defendants who attacked police officers. The longest was 10 years given to a retired New York police officer and Marine veteran, Thomas Webster, who attacked and choked an officer.
Prosecutors have recommended seven years, two months for Iowan Kyle Young, who pleaded guilty to assaulting, resisting or impeding a police officer. He is set to be sentenced Sept. 27.
More: Read the transcript of Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riot suspect Doug Jensen's FBI interview
Photos and videos of Doug Jensen at the US Capitol, law enforcement interaction were key
The prosecution's case leaned heavily on extensive video and photographs of Jensen parading through the Capitol, along with testimony from several members of law enforcement who clashed with him in the building.
Capitol police Officer Eugene Goodman — who a reporter's viral video showed being pursued by Jensen up a Capitol stairway — and other officers who testified in the trial portrayed Jensen as "aggressive, "arrogant," and at one point, the "leader of the mob."
Jensen's pursuit of Goodman "was not a game of follow the leader; that was Officer Goodman in survival mode," prosecutors said.
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Doug Jensen posted photos of himself in D.C. on social media
In a now-deleted Facebook post, Jensen posted a photo of himself standing near the Washington Monument in the same sweatshirt and T-shirt. The T-shirt has an eagle and large Q on the front.
Before Jensen's Facebook page disappeared, many of Jensen's posts consisted of images in support of President Donald Trump and QAnon.
He also posted on Twitter a screen grab of him confronting police and tagged two people whose accounts were suspended. In another tweet of a screen grab, he captioned the photo, "Me …"
Jensen also posted a video on TikTok, saying he's being turned into the "poster boy" for the riots in Washington, D.C., and not to believe the news.
My take: Good... To bad is wife married some dumb ass who believed in conspiracy theories.... Give him 10 years.
NEXT: I do believe the one eyed, fat,man, Stewart Rhodes, and his Oath Keepers are up next week.... lol We will see seditious conspiracy maybe a hard sell
Washington (CNN)Three January 6, 2021, rioters involved in one of the most brutal assaults on police during the attack at the US Capitol were found guilty on Tuesday of several felonies following a bench trial before a federal judge.
Patrick McCaughey was found guilty of nine counts, including assault with a deadly weapon, for an attack against Washington, DC, police officer Daniel Hodges. A video of the assault, in which Hodges screamed in pain as he was crushed against a doorway and had his mask ripped off his face, went viral shortly after the attack.
"The lower west terrace and the lower west terrace tunnel were the scenes of shocking violence and hostility towards police on January 6, 2021," District Judge Trevor McFadden said before handing down the verdict. "No police officer should have to endure these attacks."
"Mr. McCaughey used the force of his body, and used the force of other rioters behind him, to pin Officer Hodges" against the wall and "left him defenseless to other rioters," McFadden said, adding that Hodges was "crushed" and let out "gut wrenching cries of pain."
One of McCaughey's codefendants, Tristan Stevens, was also found guilty on nine charges. The other, David Mehaffie, was found guilty of four charges.
Both Stevens and Mehaffie were acquitted on a single count of obstruction of an official proceeding, as McFadden said that government prosecutors did not prove that the two knew the certification of Electoral College votes was underway inside the Capitol when they arrived.
Dozens of people sat quietly in the courtroom while McFadden handed down the verdict.
Once the almost two-hour hearing was over, McCaughey was remanded into custody and was not allowed to say goodbye to his mother, who was in the courtroom. Another supporter of McCaughey shouted at the US Marshals as they took McCaughey away in handcuffs and later cried in the hallway of the DC courthouse.
According to prosecutors, the three men engaged in the assault of police officers guarding a tunnel entrance to the Capitol on the Lower West Terrace -- a brutal scene where officers were beaten, crushed and even dragged out into the crowd in an hours-long attack.
McCaughey and Stevens battled police, prosecutors said, while Mehaffie directed members of the mob in and out of the Lower West Terrace tunnel.
The three men argued at various times during the trial that they were trapped in the mob, were trying to help officers, or did not know about the violence. But McFadden said that testimony from multiple police officers during the trial, including Hodges and former Capitol Police Sergeant Aquilino Gonell -- both of whom have been outspoken about the events of January 6 -- as well as videos of the event undercut those claims.
According to Gonell, Stevens hit him several times with a stolen riot shield and attempted to steal another officer's baton.
"To this day, even after going through treatment for the trauma, I still struggle with the timeline. But I do remember your defendant and what he did," Gonell told Stevens' attorney.
Hodges testified that he was crushed in a doorway inside the tunnel by McCaughey, who was pushing against him with a riot shield. Prosecutors showed images of Hodges taken after the attack, with half of Hodge's face covered in blood and bruising and swelling across his body.
McCaughey, Stevens and Mehaffie will be sentenced in November.
Three other men charged in the attack, Robert Morss, Geoffrey Sills and David Lee Judd, were found guilty of obstruction of an official proceeding during a bench trial in late August. Morss and Sills were also found guilty of assault.
Note: The Judge, Trevor McFadden , is a Mango appointed Judge.....
I do believe, everyone single one who has been tried before a jury or a bench trial has been convicted except one.
The best is yet to come... Stewart Rhodes, the one eyed fat man...... leader of the Oath Keepers and Enrique Tarrio, the t-shirt salesman, who fucking thought he was like a founding father. lol sorry... he is nothing but a traitor and for those of you on here who think as he does you are traitors too.
WASHINGTON ― Republicans on Tuesday introduced legislation to ban abortion nationwide after 15 weeks of a pregnancy, their next play on the hot-button issue after the Supreme Court reversed Roe v. Wade and overturned federal abortion rights.
Democrats have been warning voters that Republicans will try to ban abortions across the country if they win back control of Congress, and Tuesday’s announcement will likely become a major talking point for the party with Election Day less than two months away.
The GOP bill is called the “Protecting Pain-Capable Unborn Children from Late-Term Abortions Act.” It’s being introduced by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.).
Graham has introduced a version of the bill in every Congress over the past decade, only with a longer 20-week limit. The bill contains exceptions for situations involving rape, incest and cases where the life of the mother is threatened.
A normal pregnancy is 40 weeks. Fifteen weeks is barely into the second trimester, in spite of the bill’s framing as a “late-term” restriction on abortion.
The measure has no chance of passing in a Democratic-controlled Senate and with a Democrat in the White House, but it does signal where Republicans might go if they regain control of both branches of government.
“Abortion is not banned in America,” Graham said Tuesday. “It’s left up to elected officials to define the issue. You have states and the ability to do it at the state level. And we have the ability in Washington to speak on this issue if we choose. I have chosen to speak.”
Most abortions are now illegal or heavily restricted in at least 12 states, with more states expected to follow. Some have banned abortion outright, while others have restricted abortions to six weeks or 15 weeks. Graham’s bill would allow states to keep more restrictive laws on the books.
Senate Republicans appeared divided on the legislation on Tuesday. Some welcomed its introduction, while others maintained that the issue should be left up to the states.
“Most of the members in my conference prefer this be dealt with at the state level,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told reporters at a weekly press conference that was focused on the economy.
“I, for one, want to focus on the inflation numbers that came out today,” said Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), pointing to the latest consumer price index data. “That’s what people are talking about.”
My take: Well, I told you they weren't to be trusted. The Supremes in Dobbs said it should be up to the individual States ... but Kansas voters enshrined the Right in their State Constitution... Michigan has it on the ballot in November.... Seems the GOPQ really does not want to leave it to the States or to Women. Fuck Graham.... Fuck the GOPQ
Howard Stern has three theories on why former President Donald Trump, a former friend of Stern’s who used to appear often on his radio show, would have taken classified White House documents to his Mar-a-Lago estate.
“It’s some crazy shit going on,” the SiriusXM host said Monday of the federal investigation into Trump’s handling of sensitive government documents recovered from his Florida resort and home. “I don’t know how they don’t indict the dude.”
Stern’s first explanation was that Trump wanted mementos of his presidency.
“One, based on the dude I know, even when he got in office, he couldn’t believe he was in office,” Stern riffed. “When those Russian ambassadors came to visit him, if you remember early on in his administration, he started showing them top secret documents like, saying, ‘Can you believe I have access to this shit?
Stern’s second theory was that Trump was considering giving up classified information to facilitate business deals.
“This is a guy who badly wants to do business with Russia and Saudi Arabia,” he said.
“Imagine if he says to [those countries] ‘Look, man, give me a couple of billion dollars and I’ll show you like where France keeps their nuclear weapons and I’ll you know, you guys can see all this shit if you do business with me.’ That would be a real dubious kind of horrible thing.”
“And then the third is a straight out, ’Hey, you guys want to buy this from me? I mean, I could sell it to you, Russia, for like, you know, $50 billion. You’ll know everyone’s nuclear secrets.”
Trump is being investigated for potential violations of the Espionage Act after the FBI found classified material at his Florida resort on Aug. 8 following multiple previous attempts to recover them and an assurance from his legal team that all requested documents had been handed over.
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Stephen Curry says Americans should treat President Trump — and his potential 2024 White House bid — as a serious “threat.”
“Take Trump seriously? Of course,” the Golden State Warriors star and NBA Finals MVP told Rolling Stone magazine for a cover story published Monday for its October issue.
Most of his rhetoric — before he was president, during his last four years, and even now, if he tries to run again — has a tone of divisiveness that doesn’t have a place in our country,” he said.
“As serious and as loud as the threat is of him or whoever else is running for office,” Curry, 34, continued, “there’s a similar urgency and a loudness that’s necessary on the other side.”
It’s not the first time that Curry has spoken out against the 45th president. After Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank called the then-commander in chief an “asset” to the country in a 2017 interview, Curry told the San Jose Mercury News, “I agree with that description, if you remove the ‘et’ from asset.”
That same year, Curry said he didn’t want his team to make a traditional stop at the White House to celebrate their NBA championship title. Following Curry’s remarks, Trump tweeted that the White House invitation had been “withdrawn.”
Curry, a board member of When We All Vote, Michelle Obama’s voter registration and engagement organization, opened up about his activism to Rolling Stone.
“You’re growing and evolving on the same page as these national, politicized conversations, but it doesn’t have to be sides,” he said.
What I try to do is be real, but also activate conversation that is sometimes uncomfortable,” the NBA All-Star said.
“The current events of the Trump era, I don’t wake up and say, ‘I wanna go at that conversation,’” Curry told the magazine.
“Some of this stuff falls on your doorstep and people want a perspective or comment, and sometimes you cough that up unsolicited.”
Curry said that while he didn’t regret not speaking out more in 2016 when the NBA weighed moving its All-Star game from North Carolina in protest of a controversial law requiring that transgender people use the bathroom corresponding to their biological sex, he could’ve “been a lot stronger” on the issue.
“We get attacked as athletes sometimes when you don’t want to say something — ‘I need to get more educated,’ there’s all these lines that people use,” Curry said.
“It kind of seems like you’re soft or like you’re equivocating or avoiding whatever the situation is.”
Curry also revealed that former President Obama — a frequent golfing partner and well-known basketball fanatic — once scolded him for repeating on a 2018 podcast a conspiracy theory that questioned whether astronauts really landed on the moon.
Following the podcast interview, Curry recalled, “I got an email. It was a pretty stern, direct one from President Obama.”
After telling him that humans did step foot on the moon, Curry said Obama instructed him, “You’ve got to do something about this.”
Following Obama’s advice, Curry hosted an Instagram Live discussion with an astronaut for his more than 45 million followers, and auctioned off a pair of custom-made space-themed sneakers, with proceeds going to STEM education programs.
Curry said back in June, after clenching his fourth NBA championship and telling the cameras, “What are they gonna say now?” he received a congratulatory call from Obama.
The ex-president suggested tweaking the boast slightly, telling Curry, “What the f— are they gonna say now?”
My Take: Perhaps one day Curry will run for office...... Contrast him with that moron Herschel Walker
By Chris capper Liebenthal — September 11, 2022
There are more than enough reasons why no one should be voting for Mehmet Oz for anything, much less senator. But now we have one of the biggest reasons he shouldn't even be considered to be part of a decent society or polite company. He has a history of abusing dogs:
In case you couldn't make it out, the information is from Sourcewatch and sums up why he's not fit to be classified as anything but a monster:
In 2004, complaints about Dr. Mehmet Oz’s dog experiments were cited in a report from an internal investigation into allegations of poor animal care made by Dr. Catherine Dell’Orto, a post-doctoral veterinarian.  See also individual reports of Dr. Oz's dog experiments. 
According to the report, in Dr. Oz's lab at Columbia University "highly invasive and stressful experiments" on dogs were performed without a "humane end point." 
The Animal Welfare Act violations detailed in the reported included a litter of whelped puppies killed by painful cardiac injection:
"The screams of these puppies could be heard through closed doors. All of these puppies, lying in a plastic garbage bag, were killed in the presence of their litter mates."
Subsequent applications for grants to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) by Dr. Oz have been denied. In 2004, Columbia paid $2,000 in fines to the USDA. 
My take: I fucking hate animal experimentation... Fuck Oz... I just sent 15.00 to Fetterman
By John Amato — September 7, 2022
Donald Trump did a phone-in tele-rally for the upcoming Massachusetts primary on Monday, but went King George authoritarian in his support of his election denier apologist Republican Geoff Diehl.
Trump opened by claiming MA's voting system is in shambles, "Nowadays you just do whatever you want to do and we'll end that, " Trump spewed.
"Geoff is really a special guy, " he said.
Sure. Diehl was Trump's co-chair for his Massachusetts 2016 presidential campaign and became a rabid election denier after Trump was defeated in 2020.
Trump blasted RINO republicans and radical Dems, but thought it was a good idea to promote a fascist type ruler to the state that rallied against England and helped launch our Revolutionary War for independence.
"Geoff is a proven fighter who successfully pushes back on the ultra liberal extremists, and whose driven them a little bit wild because they can't figure him out," he lied.
"And he'll rule your state with an iron fist and he'll do what has to be done," Trump promised.
Trump praised China's President Xi as ruling with an "iron fist" too.
There you go.... his own words...... but read the whole thing..... ruling with an iron fist is good according to Mango Mussolini. In a related story there was a Reuters Poll taken within the last week that said 58% of Americans both Dems and GOP believe Trump and his ilk are a threat to democracy.
Former Pennsylvania Republican Rep. Charlie Dent on Saturday said former President Trump’s speech at a rally on Saturday night in the Keystone State was a “major gift” for Democrats.
“Most Republican candidates don’t want anything to do with Donald Trump in this general election. They want this to be about Joe Biden and the Democrats, but to the extent Trump inserts himself into this conversation, he’s giving the Democrats a major gift right now,” Dent said on CNN.
The Wilkes-Barre, Pa., rally was billed as support for Republican Senate candidate Mehmet Oz and gubernatorial candidate Doug Mastriano — but it was also Trump’s first after the FBI executed a search warrant at his Mar-a-Lago residence and recovered classified documents kept after the end of his presidential term.
“I am not so sure that the former President Trump did anyone any good with that speech tonight. Just by showing up in Pennsylvania, he is making the election much more about himself,” Dent said.
Oz, a cardiothoracic surgeon and TV personality, has been falling behind Democratic Lt. Gov. John Fetterman in the state’s Senate race, per recent polling.
“Mehmet Oz I don’t think wants to be anywhere near Donald Trump in this fall election. It doesn’t do him any good. He needs to win swing voters and independents and some Democrats, and it’s hard to do that when Trump is really just playing and pandering to the base,” Dent said.
Trump during the rally lambasted the FBI for the Mar-a-Lago search, knocking it as “one of the most shocking abuses of power by any administration in American history.”
In the wake of criticisms from Trump and his supporters, FBI agents have weathered an uptick in attacks against law enforcement.
Dent on Saturday pushed back against the outrage.
“If any member of Congress absconded with classified material, I can assure you that a G-man, somebody from the FBI, would have showed up at their homes and demanded that they return that information,” Dent said.
Dent represented Pennsylvania in Congress from 2005 until his retirement in 2018. He’s now a political commentator for CNN.
Dent and a group of former Pennsylvania Republican officials endorsed Democratic state Attorney General Josh Shapiro over their party’s nominee, Mastriano, in the gubernatorial election. Dent has called Mastriano “an extremist who is a threat to the rule of law and the constitutional order.”
My take on Mango's PA. speech..... That everything Joe Biden Said on Thursday night regarding Mango and MAGA is correct. Not only to me, but for swing voters and independents.
The MAGA Crowd led by their Dear Leader is a threat to democracy, science, medicine, and progress... And I will say they are TRASH
Mathew Capsel, 29, admitted Friday that he pushed against members of the National Guard who had been called in to D.C. to support the effort to control the riotous crowd of Donald Trump supporters who descended on the Capitol on Jan. 6, angry over Joe Biden’s win in the 2020 presidential election.
The confrontation happened at around 6:15 p.m., hours after rioters had forced their way into the Capitol, causing Congress to temporarily halt its certification of the Electoral College vote and forcing lawmakers and Capitol staffers to either evacuate or shelter in place.
U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan, a Barack Obama-appointed judge who generally takes an especially deliberate and measured approach to the plea colloquy, sought to make sure that Capsel knew what he was doing that day at the Capitol.
“At the time you [pushed against the National Guard], did you know that the officers were engaged in the performance of their official duty?” the judge asked.
Capsel paused briefly before answering.
“At the time, I was caught up in the energy, but now, yeah, I do know,” the defendant replied.
Chutkan pressed Capsel, seeking clarification of what he knew at the time he committed the offense.
“At the time that you did so,” Chutkan repeated,” did you know that they were acting as law enforcement officers?”
“Yes ma’am,” Capsel replied.
Chutkan then asked Capsel if he admitted that pushing against the National Guard officers obstructed, delayed, or adversely affected their ability to engage in the lawful performance of their duties during the commission of a civil disorder.
Capsel again paused before answering.
“Yes ma’am,” he ultimately said.
Chutkan accepted Caspel’s guilty plea to a single charge of obstructing, impeding, or interfering with law enforcement lawfully engaged in the performance of official duties during a civil disorder. That statute carries a potential sentence of five years behind bars; the plea agreement contemplates a sentence range of 27 to 33 months.
He had also been charged with assaulting, resisting, or impeding officers, a felony that carries a potential eight-year prison sentence, and misdemeanor trespassing that carried a maximum one-year sentence. Those charges are expected to be dismissed at his sentencing, which Chutkan set for Dec. 16.
Capsel’s altercation with National Guard officers was shared to TikTok and formed a key component of the FBI’s probable cause affidavit.
“In this video, Capsel, identifiable by the tattoos on his face and neck, and wearing the same hat, shirt, and necklace, is fighting against National Guardsmen until he is pepper sprayed, as shown in the last screenshot,” the probable cause affidavit says. “Specifically, the video depicts Capsel charging against a lined group of National Guardsmen, running into their protective shields.”
As Law&Crime previously reported, Capsel’s social media posts reflect a strong adherence to conspiracy theories linked to the far-right and QAnon.
Prosecutors say that hours before confronting the National Guardsmen on the west side of the Capitol, he was among rioters at the Lower West Terrace of the Capitol. Between 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m., he posted videos to social media in which he allegedly said “Hold the line, don’t run.”
He also joined a mob of rioters on the steps to bleachers set up for the upcoming inauguration and overtook police officers trying to secure the area, the DOJ says.
Capsel had been accused of domestic battery in his home state, and reportedly missed a court appearance in that case to join the melee at the Capitol.
Chutkan noted that Capsel has complied with the conditions of his pre-trial release, and did not order him back into custody pending sentencing.
A lawyer for the far-right Oath Keepers extremist group has been charged with conspiracy in connection with the Jan. 6, 2021, attack at the U.S. Capitol, authorities said Thursday.
Kellye SoRelle — general counsel for the antigovernment group — was arrested in Texas on charges including conspiracy to obstruct the certification of President Joe Biden’s electoral college victory, the Justice Department said.
SoRelle, 43, is a close associate of Stewart Rhodes, the Oath Keepers’ leader who is heading to trial later this month alongside other extremists on seditious conspiracy charges.
After Rhodes’ arrest in January, SoRelle told media outlets she was acting as the president of the Oath Keepers while he’s behind bars.
Prosecutors have accused Rhodes and his militia group of plotting for weeks to stop the transfer of power and keep former President Donald Trump in office, purchasing weapons, organizing military-style trainings and setting up battle plans.
SoRelle told The Associated Press last year — when FBI agents seized her phone as part of the Jan 6. investigation — that she had no knowledge of or involvement in the Capitol breach. She called the seizure of her phone “unethical” and the investigation “a witch hunt.”
SoRelle made an initial court appearance in Austin, Texas, and was released pending a virtual hearing scheduled for Tuesday before a Washington, D.C., federal court judge, a spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney’s office in D.C. said. It wasn’t immediately clear if she has an attorney to speak on her behalf.
SoRelle was photographed with Rhodes outside the Capitol on Jan. 6 and was present at an underground garage meeting the night before the riot that’s been a focus for investigators.
The meeting included Rhodes and and Enrique Tarrio, the former chairman of the Proud Boys, who is charged separately with seditious conspiracy alongside other members of the extremist group that describes themselves as a politically incorrect men’s club for “Western chauvinists.”
Publicly released video of the meeting doesn’t reveal much about their discussion and prosecutors have said only that one of the meeting’s participants “referenced the Capitol.”
SoRelle was also on a call with Rhodes and other Oath Keepers days after the 2020 election during which Rhodes rallied his followers to prepare for violence, according to a transcript made public in court.
SoRelle is also charged with obstruction of an official proceeding, obstruction of justice for tampering with documents and a misdemeanor charge for entering Capitol grounds. The indictment says she persuaded others to destroy and conceal records sought by investigators.
SoRelle told the AP last September that agents seized her phone and provided her a search warrant that said it was related to an investigation into seditious conspiracy, among other crimes. The indictment against SoRelle made public Thursday does not include a charge of seditious conspiracy.
Rhodes and four co-defendants scheduled to go on trial starting Sept. 26 have said there was no plot to attack the Capitol and that their communications in the run up to Jan. 6 were about providing security for right-wing figures such as Roger Stone or preparing for attacks from left-wing antifa activists.
Rhodes, a former U.S. Army paratrooper, founded the Oath Keepers in 2009. The group recruits current and former military, police and first responders and pledges to “fulfill the oath all military and police take to defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic.”
A slew of its members have been charged in connection with Jan. 6. Three Oath Keepers have already pleaded guilty to seditious conspiracy, a rare Civil War-era charge that’s historically been hard to prove. They are also cooperating with the Justice Department.
My take: LOL. On a call where Rhodes called for violence... Lock them all up... throw away the fucking key
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