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Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio charged with conspiracy in Capitol riot

Enrique Tarrio, the former Proud Boys leader, has been charged in a federal indictment with conspiring to disrupt the certification of the 2020 presidential election and assisting in planning and executing the attack on the Capitol in 2021.

According to the New York Times, the charges against tarrio were filed in Federal District Court in Washington.

This is the second time an indictment has been brought against a leader for a far-right extremist group that played a big role on Jan 6, 2021. In January, Stewart Rhodes, the leader of the Oath Keepers, was charged with seditious conspiracy for a plot to violently disrupt Congress.

Tarrio’s indictment gave insight into what role the Proud Boys played in leading up to the attack, and into what happened that day. While Rhodes had been in Washington, D.C. on Jan 6th, Tarrio had been arrested two days prior for vandalizing a Black Lives Matter banner in the city.

Federal prosecutors said that despite Tarrio not “physically taking part in the breach of the Capitol,” he “led the advance planning and remained in contact with other members of the Proud Boys during” the storming of the building.

Prosecutors claim that Tarrio issued orders for members of the group to remain “incognito” when they got to Washington on January 6th. New accusations in the indictment say that an unnamed person gave Tarrio a nine-page document called “1776 Returns” that “set forth a plan to occupy a few ‘crucial buildings’ in Washington on Jan. 6.”

The document mentioned taking control of “House of Senate office building around the Capitol,” the indictment said. Four of the Proud Boys charged with Tarrio will be going on trial shortly.

ARTICLE: JILLIAN WEIDNER

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: NY DAILY NEWS

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