The Washington Post reports:
U.S. authorities have leveled the first conspiracy charge against an apparent leader of an extremist group in the Jan. 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol, arresting an alleged Oath Keeper who is accused of plotting to disrupt the electoral vote confirmation of President-elect Joe Biden’s victory and proposing further assaults on state capitols.
Thomas Edward Caldwell, 65, of Clarke County, Va., was taken into custody before 7 a.m. on four federal counts, including conspiracy to commit an offense against the United States in the attack on the Capitol. The conspiracy charge is reserved for offenses interfering with or obstructing the lawful operation of government.
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BREAKING U.S. levels first charges against apparent leader of extremist group in Jan. 6 storming of U.S. Capitol, arresting Oath Keeper leader in Va. this morning on counts including conspiracy against the United States. https://t.co/Zts4UO4lpo
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