From Washington-US prosecutors have charged six members of a right-wing far-right militia group with conspiracy to attack the US Capitol on January 6.
Federal prosecutors have previously filed similar plots against members of two other right-wing groups, Oath Keepers and Proud Boys. These pending proceedings are the largest and most complex of the approximately 500 cases brought by the Justice Department since the deadly attack by supporters of former President Donald Trump.
Six men were indicted: Alan Hostetter, Russell Taylor, Eric Scott Warner, Felipe Antonio “Toni” Martinez, Derek Kinison, and Ronald Melle.
According to the indictment, the hostetter set up a group called the American Phoenix Project in 2020 to protest the rally restrictions imposed as a public health measure during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the indictment, the group became a platform for defending violence against government leaders.
Hostetters and Taylor appeared outside the US Supreme Court with Trump’s longtime friend and adviser Roger Stone in protest of the outcome of the 2020 presidential election the day before the Capitol riots.
Trump pardoned Stone in December to wipe out his convictions resulting from a federal investigation documenting Russia’s intervention in the 2016 US elections.
Trump-supporting mobs raided the Capitol, interrupted formal parliamentary recognition of President Joe Biden’s election victory, clashed with overwhelmed police, and broke into the House of Representatives and Senate chambers. Five people have died.
Three Percenters Militia Members Indicted in US Capitol Attack | Voice of America
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