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Politics Feds charge members of Three Percenters militia group over Jan. 6 attack

02:08  11 june  2021
02:08  11 june  2021 Source:   thehill.com

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A group of men affiliated with the anti-government Three Percenter movement was charged with conspiring to block the electoral vote confirmation of President Joe Biden at the U.S. Capitol riot on Jan . 6 . The Justice Department on Thursday unsealed charges against Alan Hostetter, 56; Russell The charges represent the first major conspiracy case to target members of the Three Percenters , an anti-government militia with local chapters across the country. The Justice Department has previously brought conspiracy charges against members of the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers who were

6 riot. Six men connected to a California-based “ Three Percenter ” group are hit with charges over unrest at the Capitol. Trump supporters clash with police and security forces as people try to storm the U.S. Capitol on January 6 , 2021. | Brent Stirton/Getty Images. 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

The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced on Thursday that six members of the Three Percenters right-wing militia group have been charged with conspiring to attack the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

a crowd of people standing in front of a flag: A group of a dozen co-defendants reportedly affiliated with the Oath Keepers is facing charges over their alleged roles in the storming of the Capitol © Getty Images A group of a dozen co-defendants reportedly affiliated with the Oath Keepers is facing charges over their alleged roles in the storming of the Capitol

All six men - Alan Hostetter, Russell Taylor, Eric Scott Warner, Felipe Antonio "Tony" Martinez, Derek Kinnison and Ronald Mele - are from California.

According to the DOJ, they first began to form their plan in December 2020 through the use of the Telegram messaging app. They chose to go to D.C. on Jan. 6 because of tweet from former President Trump that read: "Big protest in D.C. on January 6th. Be there, will be wild!" prosecutors allege.

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The Three Percenters , also styled 3 Percenters , 3%ers and III%ers, are an American and Canadian far-right, anti-government militia movement.

The bulletin describes the Three Percenters ’ alleged goal of having 50,000 members from around the country travel to D.C. on our around March 4 through March 6 and participate in a plan to overrun law enforcement and the National Guard troops at or near the Capitol Complex, the source said. Yes, Charles Flynn—the brother of Michael Flynn, the former National Security Advisor who Trump pardoned for his crime of lying to the FBI—was instrumental in the decision to keep the National Guard from being in place to protect the Capitol before a mob was able to take over and cause the deaths of five people

According to prosecutors, Taylor wrote to the other five members in the Telegram app, "I personally want to be on the front steps and be one of the first ones to breach the doors!"

Around 30 people have been charged with conspiracy in connection with the riot so far, Reuters notes, with members from The Oath Keepers and The Proud Boys having been detained as well. Conspiracy is the most serious of the charges being levied in relation to the breach of the Capitol.

According to the DOJ, around 465 people have been arrested on charges relating to the Jan. 6 Capitol attack, with more than 130 charged with assaulting or impeding law enforcement.

Hostetter and Taylor were reportedly seen walking with prominent Trump ally Roger Stone the day before the deadly insurrection. In 2020, Hostetter founded the American Phoenix Project, a group that protests pandemic-related restrictions on gatherings, according to the indictment.

The Three Percenters was founded in 2008 as an anti-government group. The group derives its name from the idea that only three percent of Americans fought against the British in the American Revolution.

Most historians agree that this claim is inaccurate, with the three percent likely referring to the number of pension files and bounty-land warrant applications that were made, as the Observer reported. The true number was likely much higher when factoring in the navy and militias that also participated in the war.

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