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DOJ Arrests Proud Boys Leader Not Present at Jan. 6th Riot

The following article, DOJ Arrests Proud Boys Leader Not Present at Jan. 6th Riot, was first published on Flag And Cross.

Of all of the complaints that have arisen during the investigation into the events of January 6th, 2021, perhaps the most common among those on the right-wing is that the scope of these probes is nigh unlimited.

They see these wide-ranging investigations as “witch hunts”, designed to nab anybody and everybody who was even remotely involved in the event, including those who were simply documenting the siege of the US Capitol.

That opinion isn’t likely to change this week, as the leader of the far-right group the Proud Boys was arrested, despite having been adhering to a court order to remain outside of Washington DC at the time of the attempted insurrection.

Enrique Tarrio, who was the chairman of the far-right extremist group the Proud Boys, was arrested and charged with conspiracy for his alleged role in planning the Jan. 6 attack, the Justice Department announced on Tuesday.

He is one of the most prominent defendants yet to face charges over his alleged involvement in the insurrection.

The DOJ seems to think that Tarrio was still involved somehow.

Although Tarrio is not accused of physically taking part in the breach of the Capitol – or even being in Washington D.C. at the time – the Justice Department said Tarrio “conspired to corruptly obstruct, influence, and impede an official proceeding, the certification of the Electoral College vote.”

As the leader and creator of a special chapter of the Proud Boys known as the Ministry of Self Defense, the 38-year-old “led the advance planning and remained in contact with other members of the Proud Boys during their breach of the Capitol,” according to prosecutors.

The DOJ has seemingly turned a corner in their investigation as well, having moved on from trespassing and battery charges, and into the murky legal waters of “seditious conspiracy” – a move that certainly garners a great deal of headlines in the liberal media, but may not hold up in court on account of the severe lack of precedent available to prosecutors.

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