Prosecutors charge five Proud Boys defendants with seditious conspiracy

by: Harper NeidigNexstar Multimedia Cable

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(The Hill) — Federal prosecutors on Monday added seditious conspiracy to the list of charges a group of Proud Boys leaders face for their alleged involvement in the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.

A replacement federal grand jury indictment unsealed on Monday marks the second time the Justice Department has brought the serious charge in connection with the attack.

The five members of the Proud Boys, including the group’s national frontman Enrique Tarrio, had been charged over the past year with conspiracy to obstruct official process and various other counts.

Earlier this year, prosecutors charged members of the right-wing Oath Keepers militia with seditious conspiracy.

The new charges come as the Justice Department appears to be broadening the scope of its investigation into the attack. Former White House trade adviser Peter Navarro revealed last week that he was subpoenaed by a federal grand jury for his communications with former President Trump.

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