DOJ: The film crew was present at the January 5 meeting between Proud Boys executives and Oath Keepers

Prosecutors say that after Tarrio left Washington, DC, that night – as part of a court order ordering him to stay out of town while facing charges related to his conduct at a rally in December 2020 – he traveled to Baltimore.

“That evening, Tarrio used associates’ phones to make a number of phone calls and to log back into his encrypted email accounts,” prosecutors said. “After regaining access to his accounts, Tarrio assured his men that his phone had not been compromised.”

Reuters first reported on the existence of the Tarrio-Rhodes meeting and the FBI’s interest in it last month.

The new details suggest Tarrio played a more direct role than expected in orchestrating the events of January 6, when senior Proud Boys leaders were at the forefront of a mob that swarmed police lines. and threatened the transfer of presidential power.

Prosecutors charged Tarrio, along with four other Proud Boys leaders, with conspiring to obstruct Congress that day. They also charged a sixth member of the group, Dominic Pezzola, who they say was the first to physically violate the Capitol when he smashed a window with a stolen police riot shield.

The case against the Proud Boys is one of two conspiracies accusing members of far-right organizations of helping lead the assault on the Capitol. The other, against Rhodes and his Oath Keepers allies, brings charges of seditious conspiracy, the most serious allegations to date.

Tarrio will face an investigative judge on Tuesday morning to determine whether he will remain in custody pending trial.


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