US Federal Grand Jury Charges Four 'Proud Boys' Members With Conspiring to Impede Congress on 6 Jan

© REUTERS / SHANNON STAPLETONPolice release tear gas into a crowd of pro-Trump protesters during clashes at a rally to contest the certification of the 2020 U.S. presidential election results by the U.S. Congress, at the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, U.S, January 6, 2021.
Police release tear gas into a crowd of pro-Trump protesters during clashes at a rally to contest the certification of the 2020 U.S. presidential election results by the U.S. Congress, at the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, U.S, January 6, 2021. - Sputnik International, 1920, 19.03.2021
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On 6 January 2021, a mob of aggressive pro-Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol building during the Joint Session of Congress, which had convened to count the electoral votes for the 2020 presidential election victory of Joe Biden.

Four members of the 'Proud Boys' organisation were charged by a federal grand jury with conspiring to impede Congress on 6 January, a new superseding indictment unsealed on Friday shows.

According to the indictment, all four defendants are the leaders of Proud Boys divisions in their respective states: Ethan Nordean of Washington, Joseph Biggs of Florida, Zachary Rehl of Pennsylvania and Charles Donohoe of North Carolina. They were charged with conspiring to encourage members of the group to attend the "Stop the Steal" protest in Washington, DC on 6 January.

They supplied paramilitary equipment used during the storming of the Capitol, dismantled metal barriers set up around the building, and communicated using handheld radios and messaging applications, the indictment alleges.

© Screenshot/FBIScreenshot captures an unidentified individual who participated in the January 6, 2021, riot at the US Capitol. The individual is wanted by federal authorities fo assaulting law enforcement officials.
US Federal Grand Jury Charges Four 'Proud Boys' Members With Conspiring to Impede Congress on 6 Jan - Sputnik International, 1920, 19.03.2021
Screenshot captures an unidentified individual who participated in the January 6, 2021, riot at the US Capitol. The individual is wanted by federal authorities fo assaulting law enforcement officials.

On 6 January, hundreds of pro-Trump supporters gathered outside the US Capitol building when lawmakers were gathering inside to officially count the votes in the November 3 presidential election and announce Democrat Joe Biden the winner. The rally turned violent after an aggressive mob stormed the building, vandalised it and clashed with the police. Five people died during the event, and dozens more were injured, including 138 police officers. Law enforcement authorities have arrested hundreds of individuals who participated in the Capitol riot, charging more than 65 participants with assaulting federal officers. 

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