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DOJ Slaps Proud Boys Leaders With ‘Seditious Conspiracy’ Charges As Dems Prepare For Primetime January 6 Hearings

The Department of Justice (DOJ) unveiled conspiracy charges against Proud Boys leaders for their involvement in the January 6, 2021 Capitol protests ahead of the first January 6 committee hearing set to broadcast live on Thursday.

Proud Boys chairman Enrique Tarrio, along with four of the organization’s leaders, face counts of “seditious conspiracy” and “conspiracy to obstruct official proceedings” among other charges, according to court documents made public on Monday.

The DOJ revealed the charges just days before the House Select Committee investigating the January 6 riot is set to hold hearings reportedly based on about 1000 closed-door interviews.

The House Select Committee will air the January 6 hearings live on television beginning Thursday with an overview of the committee’s investigations. Democrats in Washington have expressed hopes that that the hearings will persuade voters in their favor.

The charges coincide with the January 6 committee’s stated goal of exposing the “coordinated, multi-step effort to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election and prevent the transfer of power,” members said in an advisory, CNN reported.

Citing the defendants’ social media posts and previous violent participation in protest activity, a federal grand jury accused the Proud Boys under prosecution of attempting to obstruct the 2020 electoral certification and transfer of power to then President-elect Joe Biden.

“The defendants… did knowingly conspire, confederate and agree, with other persons known and unknown to the Grand Jury, to oppose by force the authority of the Government of the United States and by force to prevent, hinder, and delay the execution of any law in the United States,” the documents read.

Tarrio had allegedly created a new Proud Boys chapter in December 2020, the Ministry of Self Defense (MOSD), according to the court documents. DOJ quoted Tarrio as describing the MOSD as a “national rallying chapter” comprised of members across the U.S.

The Proud Boys’ participated in December 2020 demonstrations in Washington that grew violent, The Daily Caller News Foundation previously reported. The DOJ accused the Proud Boys of “storming past barricades,” “destroying property” and “assaulting law enforcement officers” during the January 6 protests.

In March 2021, a federal grand jury indicted four Proud Boys organization members for conspiring to prevent Congress from certifying the 2020 election.

The Department of Justice declined to comment on the ongoing litigation. Legal reprentatives for the Proud Boys under prosecution did not respond to TheDCNF’s request for comment.

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  1. We all know that there is no evidence connecting Trump or any of his people to the Jan. 6 “riot” and that the Jan. 6 committee is an illegitimate kangaroo court designed to keep Trump from every running again and to deflect from the destruction of our economy currently happening under this administration.

    The trouble is that they are breaking the law and turning the Department of Justice and the FBI into the Administration’s “Gestapo” in the process and legitimizing the prosecution of their perceived political enemies. This is what is done in China, in Russia, and in third world Dictatorships. Witness the public arrests and prosecutions that have been happening for years: Roger Stone, General Flynn and now Peter Navarro. Yet the real criminals like Michael Sussmann, Peter Strzok and Lisa Page are acquitted or never indicted. James Clapper and John Brennon (who both lied to Congress under oath) were never held accountable and got lucrative gigs on CNN. I could go on and on.

    This administration has destroyed the rule of law in this country and weaponized all the three letter agencies (the IRS, the CIA, the FBI, the EPA, the DOJ and even the DOD) against anyone who disagrees with his radical Socialist and ant-white, anti-family and anti-Christian agenda. Homeland Security even tried to institute their dystopian “Board of Disinformation” in clear violation of the First Amendment. The mainstream media and all the big Tech “censors” support this insanity. The fact that we still have dozens of Americans locked up unconstitutionally in a D.C. gulag, on trumped up trespassing charges for over a year and a half with no due process or bail should enrage every American. Now they will be libelously charged with “sedition”. I say the Jan. 6 committee members are the real seditionists. At the same time, real criminals are released every day with “no bail” back onto our city streets. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris openly supported the “defund the police” and “no bail” policies. In violation of multiple Federal laws they have left our border wide open to terrorists, criminals, cartels and limitless Chinese made Fentanyl that literally kills a hundred thousand Americans every year. I don’t know if there is a way back to “equal justice under the law” when it seems our entire government is deployed to crush anyone that opposes the ruling party.

    There is no more “equal justice under the law” in America and it is destroying our country.

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