The indictment provides two defendants to a legal case already open in opposition to Proud Boys Seattle chief Ethan Nordean and Florida Proud Boys occasion organizer Joseph Biggs.
The conspiracy indictment alleges Zachary Rehl, 35, of Philadelphia, and Charles Donohoe, 33, of North Carolina, labored as native Proud Boys chapter leaders alongside Biggs and Nordean to arrange paramilitary and high-tech communications gear, increase funds and encourage their right-wing group members to return to Washington.
The prosecutors say in addition they switched channels for encrypted messaging amongst themselves main as much as the pro-Trump rally and storming of the Capitol, and that the 4 males every posted on social media and in encrypted chats about their pleasure in collaborating within the siege afterward.
“I’m proud as f**k what we accomplished yesterday, but we need to start planning and we are starting planning, for a Biden presidency,” Rehl mentioned in a message after the siege, prosecutors say.
Further courtroom proceedings for Nordean and Donohoe are set for subsequent week. Nordean and Biggs have been launched from jail pending trial.
More than a dozen Proud Boys — together with a number of different leaders among the many group — have now been charged in numerous conspiracy and riot-related circumstances following the rebellion.
The Justice Department has made clear that unraveling the group’s coordination and disrupting doable politically motivated violence sooner or later is a precedence within the almost unprecedented home terrorism probe.
Prosecutors, within the new indictment made public on Friday, doc defiant posts about Biden’s Electoral College win from Rehl and others within the weeks main as much as January 6.
Prosecutors say the Proud Boys gathered $5,500 in crowd-sourced donations between December 30 and January 4.
The indictment additionally notes a co-conspirator who hasn’t been indicted discussing groups of Proud Boys the week of the sixth, and a Proud Boys communication channel that mentions a “plan” on the day of the pro-Trump rally and violent march to the Capitol.
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Donohoe tried to maneuver the group’s members onto a unique encrypted messaging two days earlier than the riot, out of concern the group’s communications could be uncovered, prosecutors alleged within the indictment made public Friday.
The detail by the Justice Department as an example how the group labored to allegedly execute a complicated push into the Capitol through the chaos.
Previously, prosecutors mentioned in courtroom they believed the Proud Boys needed Nordean to imagine “war powers” in Tarrio’s absence.
Tarrio was arrested two days earlier than the siege when he arrived in DC, for allegedly burning a church’s Black Lives Matter banner at a earlier gathering within the metropolis, and on weapons fees. His arrest took him off the road, with a courtroom order to keep away from DC on January 6 and later. He has pleaded not responsible.
Following his arrest, Donohoe “expressed concern” that investigators would have entry to Tarrio’s cellphone, prosecutors say. So he created a brand new encrypted messaging channel for him and different distinguished Proud Boys members to make use of, “and took steps to destroy or ‘nuke’ the earlier channel,” prosecutors wrote.
“Everything is compromised and we can be looking at Gang charges,” Donohoe additionally wrote on encrypted message channels, in line with the brand new indictment. “Stop everything immediately,” and, “This comes from top,” prosecutors say he wrote.