Federal prosecutors have obtained a conspiracy indictment against six men allegedly affiliated with a “California Patriots” group for plotting to obstruct the electoral vote count on Jan. 6.
The indictment, returned by a grand jury in Washington on Wednesday and made public on Thursday, says the effort by the six grew out of the American Phoenix Project — a California-based group created to protest coronavirus restrictions.
Some or all those indicted identified themselves as “Three Percenters,” who view themselves as the modern-day equivalent of the small fraction of American colonists who actively fought the British during the Revolutionary War era, the indictment claims.
The charges against the six men, all from California, were disclosed in an indictment unsealed on Thursday in federal court in Washington.
Two of them, Alan Hostetter and Russell Taylor, were seen a day before the riot with Roger Stone, a friend and adviser to Trump, during a protest outside the U.S. Supreme Court against the outcome of the 2020 presidential election.
About 30 people – including members of two other right-wing groups, The Oath Keepers and The Proud Boys – have been accused of conspiracy, the most serious charges related to the riot. Those pending cases are the largest and most complex of the roughly 500 brought by the Justice Department since the attack.
Six men, all from California, were charged in the indictment: Alan Hostetter, Russell Taylor, Eric Scott Warner, Felipe Antonio ‘Tony’ Martinez, Derek Kinnison and Ronald Mele https://t.co/xB79vZpqfD
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