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Kellye SoRelle, the Top Lawyer for Oath Keepers Is Arrested in Connection With Jan. 6 Attack



Original article: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/09/01/us/politics/oath-keepers-lawyer-arrested.html
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Top Lawyer for Oath Keepers Is Arrested in Connection With Jan. 6 Attack The lawyer, Kellye SoRelle, was charged with obstructing the certification of the 2020 election and tampering with evidence in the Justice Department’s investigation of the Capitol riot. Kellye SoRelle in a video released by the House committee investigating the Capitol riot. She is the latest member of the Oath Keepers to be indicted.Credit...House Select Committee, via Associated Press By Alan Feuer and Ken Bensinger Sept. 1, 2022 Sign Up for On Politics, for Times subscribers only. A Times reader’s guide to the political news in Washington and across the nation. Get it in your inbox. The top lawyer for the Oath Keepers militia, who was with the group’s leader outside the Capitol on Jan. 6., 2021, was charged on Thursday with conspiring to obstruct a joint session of Congress that day as lawmakers met to certify the results of the 2020 election. The lawyer, Kellye SoRelle, was the latest member of the right-wing extremist group to be indicted in connection with the Capitol attack. The indictment, handed up in Federal District Court in Washington, also accused Ms. SoRelle, 43, of tampering with evidence connected to the Justice Department’s grand jury investigation of Jan. 6 and illegally entering and remaining in a restricted area of the Capitol grounds. Unlike several other members of the Oath Keepers — including the group’s founder and leader, Stewart Rhodes — Ms. SoRelle, who was arrested on Thursday morning in Junction, Texas, was not charged with seditious conspiracy. Mr. Rhodes and a group of other Oath Keepers facing the sedition charges are set to go on trial in Washington at the end of the month. Ms. SoRelle has not been directly involved in the criminal defense of any of the Oath Keepers charged in connection with Jan. 6. She performed legal work for the organization and briefly served as its interim president after Mr. Rhodes was arrested. ADVERTISEMENT Continue reading the main story Ms. SoRelle often told reporters that she was cooperating with the Justice Department’s inquiry into the Oath Keepers’ role in the Capitol attack, and the charges filed against her came almost nine months after Mr. Rhodes was arrested. She also claimed to have spoken several times to staff investigators working with the House select committee investigating Jan. 6. In January, a federal magistrate judge in Texas wrote in an order denying bail to Mr. Rhodes that Mr. Rhodes and Ms. SoRelle were in a romantic relationship — something that she adamantly denied. She was not indicted along with any other members of the group, although at times prosecutors have initially charged suspects alone and later moved them into larger cases with multiple defendants. While there is no evidence that Ms. SoRelle entered the Capitol on Jan. 6, she took part in video conferences with Oath Keepers members in the weeks leading up to the attack and was with Mr. Rhodes in the crowd outside as other members of the group stormed the building. Editors’ Picks Beneath the Surface: A Peek at Private Pools Don’t Get Dressed Without Reading This Book An A.I.-Generated Picture Won an Art Prize. Artists Aren’t Happy. Continue reading the main story She also accompanied Mr. Rhodes to a meeting in an underground parking lot in Washington on Jan. 5, 2021, where the two briefly encountered Enrique Tarrio, the former chairman of the Proud Boys. Mr. Tarrio is also facing seditious conspiracy and other charges in connection with the Capitol attack. Court papers in one of the Oath Keepers’ cases indicate that after Jan. 6, Ms. SoRelle advised Mr. Rhodes to delete encrypted messages from his phone. Jason Van Tatenhove, a former Oath Keepers spokesman, now talks about its dangers. ... July 12, 2022 Oath Keepers Leader Sought to Ask Trump to Unleash His Militia ... May 4, 2022 How Oath Keepers Are Accused of Plotting to Storm the Capitol ... Alan Feuer covers extremism and political violence. He joined The Times in 1999. @alanfeuer Ken Bensinger is a Los Angeles-based politics reporter, covering right-wing media. He is the author of “Red Card: How the U.S. Blew The Whistle On The World’s Biggest Sports Scandal.” @kenbensinger A version of this article appears in print on Sept. 2, 2022, Section A, Page 13 of the New York edition with the headline: Lawyer Aiding Oath Keepers Also Charged In Jan. 6 Case. Order Reprints | Today’s Paper | Subscribe



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