EXPLAINER: Rebellious conspiracy allegations at trial on January 6th

WASHINGTON (AP) — The former national chairman of the Proud Boys is on trial on the most serious charge ever brought in connection with the attack on the US Capitol. This is a mutinous conspiracy, the same crime for which the two leaders of the Oathkeepers were convicted a few weeks ago.

This is the third such lawsuit in the mass prosecution of the January 6, 2021 riots that forced Congress to adjourn as lawmakers and staff hid from riotous crowds. Opening statements began on Thursday and the trial is expected to last at least six weeks.

Prosecutors in the case against former Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio and four lieutenants will seek to prove that the extremist group planned for weeks to use force to keep then-President Donald Trump in power. Tarrio was not in Washington on January 6 – he had been arrested in another case two days earlier – but authorities say he helped start the violence and welcomed from afar the riots that were unfolding.

“On January 6, they targeted the very heart of our democracy,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Jason McCullough told jurors on Thursday.

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