Proud Boys trial: US says defendants didn’t ‘maintain again’ on Jan. 6

Opening statements are underway in the trial of longtime Proud Boys leader Henry “Enrique” Tarrio and four other associates of the right-wing group charged with seditious conspiracy in the Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol riots.

For over an hour, Assistant US Attorney Jason McCullough showed jurors violent video and profane audio of the defendants and said the evidence was overwhelming that they planned to use force to keep President Donald Trump in power. Two years after the attack, the trial is one of the most famous of the wide-ranging investigations into the day’s events.

“You will see the private communications, you will see the public statements, you will see their coordinated actions, you will see the celebration of the group’s activities, they will try to cover their tracks,” McCullough said. “You will know by the way they aimed directly at certifying the election results that this is the direct result of their actions.” Citing Trump’s infamous words at a 2020 presidential debate, McCullough said, “They got themselves not restrained, they have not stood idly by.”

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