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The four men, described as leaders of the Proud Boys have been charged in the US Capitol riots, as an indictment ordered unsealed today presents fresh evidence of how federal officials believe group members planned and carried out a coordinated attack to stop Congress from certifying Joe Biden’s electoral victory.
So far, at least 19 leaders, members or associates of the neo-fascist Proud Boys have been charged in federal court with offenses related to the January 6 insurrection.
The latest indictment suggests the Proud Boys deployed a much larger contingent in Washington, DC, with over 60 users “participating in” an encrypted messaging channel for group members that was created a day before the riots.
The Proud Boys abandoned an earlier channel and created the new “Boots on the Ground” channel after police arrested the group’s top leader, Enrique Tarrio, in Washington.
Ethan Nordean and Joseph Biggs, two of the four defendants charged in the latest indictment, were arrested several weeks ago on separate but related charges. The new indictment also charges Zachary Rehl and Charles Donohoe.
Members of the Proud Boys met at the Washington Monument around 10am. on January 6 and marched to the Capitol before then-president Donald Trump finished addressing thousands of supporters near the White House.
They breached barricades and entered the Capitol, as windows and doors were smashed by rioters.
“This was not simply a march. This was an incredible attack on our institutions of government,” Assistant US attorney Jason McCullough said during a recent hearing for Nordean’s case.