Federal prosecutors person obtained a conspiracy indictment against six men allegedly affiliated with a “California Patriots” radical for plotting to obstruct the electoral ballot number connected Jan. 6.
The indictment, returned by a expansive assemblage successful Washington connected Wednesday and made nationalist connected Thursday, says the effort by the six grew retired of the American Phoenix Project, a California-based radical created to protestation coronavirus restrictions.
Some oregon each those indicted identified themselves arsenic “Three Percenters,” who presumption themselves arsenic the modern-day equivalent of the tiny fraction of American colonists who actively fought the British during the Revolutionary War era, the indictment claims.
The charges successful the lawsuit see conspiracy to obstruct an authoritative proceeding, obstruction of an authoritative proceeding and unauthorized introduction to a Secret Service-restricted country — successful immoderate cases with weapons.
The caller indictment appears to beryllium the 3rd large conspiracy lawsuit lodged by prosecutors successful transportation with events astatine the Capitol connected Jan. 6.
While the 2 different ample conspiracy cases absorption connected groups known arsenic the Proud Boys and the Oathkeepers that allegedly stormed the Capitol building, lone 1 of those charged successful the caller lawsuit is accused of really entering the Capitol. Instead, prosecutors allege that the remainder crossed constabulary lines and went onto the Capitol’s Upper West Terrace.
Two men charged successful the caller indictment, Alan Hostetter and Russell Taylor, were among organizers of a Virginia Women for Trump rally held extracurricular the Supreme Court connected Jan. 5, endorsing President Donald Trump’s baseless claims of wide fraud successful the 2020 statesmanlike election.
In a November YouTube video and astatine a December rally successful Huntington Beach, Calif., Hostetter called for “execution” of those progressive successful what helium said was a “coup” that was driving Trump from office, according to the indictment.
In a Telegram chat connected the greeting of Jan. 6, Taylor said, “I personally privation to beryllium connected the beforehand steps and beryllium 1 of the archetypal ones to breach the doors,” the indictment alleges.
Prosecutors accidental Taylor urged rioters to propulsion done constabulary lines during the chaotic scenes astatine the Capitol, astatine 1 constituent shouting, “Inside!”
The indictment accuses Warner of climbing done a breached model astatine the Capitol soon aft 2 that afternoon.
The FBI confirmed that successful precocious January it carried retired hunt warrants astatine properties successful Orange County, Calif., that CNN tied to Hostetter and Taylor.
The 4 different men charged successful the caller indictment — Erik Warner, Felipe Martinez, Derek Kinnison and Ronald Mele — traveled to Washington successful a rented SUV aft organizing successful different Telegram chat labeled arsenic the “California Patriots-DC Brigade,” according to prosecutors. Before departing for Washington, the 4 men posed for a photograph flashing a manus motion associated with a Three Percenter group, the indictment alleges.
Kinnison said the radical was driving alternatively than flying due to the fact that of the extended cogwheel they were bringing, the indictment says. “We volition person tons of cogwheel from aesculapian kits, radios, aggregate cans of carnivore spray, knives, flags, plates[,] goggles, helmets,” helium allegedly wrote, earlier telling his colleagues to erase the chat connected Jan. 5 “for opsec purposes.”
While Taylor aboriginal posted online that helium “stormed the Capitol” connected Jan. 6, helium told others via substance connection that helium ne'er entered the gathering due to the fact that helium “had weapons,” the indictment said.
Asked by idiosyncratic connected the evening of the 6th what would hap next, Taylor replied, “Insurrection!” according to the indictment.
Hostetter’s woman and astatine slightest 1 different idiosyncratic joined him and Taylor connected the travel to Washington, according to the indictment, but they were not charged.