Jun 7, 2022
Proud Boys leader charged with seditious conspiracy for alleged January 6 crimes 6/07/22 Transcript
Enrique Tarrio, the leader of the far-right Proud Boys, along with four of the group’s members have been charged with seditious conspiracy. Read the transcript here.
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Now to another big story on Capitol Hill. Serious new charges against members of the far right group, Proud Boys, including the group’s former leader, Enrique Tarrio. They’re facing charges of sedition in connection with the January 6th attack on the Capitol. Catherine Herridge is outside the justice department with more. Catherine, good morning.
Catherine Herrridge: (00:20)
Good morning, Dana. This is a major move by the Justice Department. In the same week, the January 6th committee will begin making its case, alleging the attack was part of abroad and well organized conspiracy. Late yesterday, the Justice Department announced the leader of the far right Proud Boys, Enrique Tarrio, and four associates have been charged with seditious conspiracy for their alleged role on the attack on the capital. Dominic Pezzola, who was allegedly seen breaking a Capitol window with a police shield is among those named in the indictment. This is only the second time a group tied to January 6th faces the rare and very serious charge of conspiring to block the execution of US law or overthrow the US government.
Catherine Herrridge: (01:00)
Members of the Oathkeepers militia group were charged earlier this year. While Tarrio was not on the Capitol grounds, the new indictment alleges that the end of 2020, he and his co-defendants conspired to prevent, hinder, and delay the certification of the electoral college vote. And on January 6th, directed, mobilized and led members of the crowd into the capital complex. All defendants had pleaded not guilty to earlier charges and remained detained. More than 800 individuals had been arrested in nearly 50 states for alleged crimes connected to the breach.
Speaker 3: (01:35)
Catherine, thank you.