Four leaders of the Proud Boys were charged with conspiring to block Congress from certifying U.S. President Joe Biden’s election, unsealed court documents revealed.
According to the indictment, Ethan Nordean, Joseph Biggs, Zachary Rehl, and Charles Donohoe conspired to encourage other members to attend the Stop the Steal protest in Washington D.C. on January 6.
The men are all leaders or organizers of Proud Boys chapters in their respective states.
According to Reuters, the men used handheld radios and encrypted messaging applications to communicate, purchased paramilitary equipment, dismantled metal barriers around the Capitol, and solicited donations online to pay for protective gear.
More than 300 people have been charged for participating in the insurrection. Approximately 20 out of the 300 people are associated with the Proud Boys organization.
Others are associated with militias groups such as the Oath Keepers and the Three Percenters.
The attack left five people dead and several injured.