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Lawyer Representing Oath Keepers Arrested Over January 6

The general counsel representing the Oath Keepers has been arrested in connection to the January 6 protest at the Capitol.

Kellye SoRelle, 43, has been charged with three felonies and one misdemeanor.

According to a report from The Hill, two of the felony charges are related to obstructing an official proceeding while electoral votes were being counted and the third is for obstructing the investigation into the the events of January 6.

The misdemeanor is for entering the Capitol with members of the Oath Keepers.

SoRelle previously volunteered her time to Lawyers for Trump, a group that was working to challenge the 2020 election results.

According to the Justice Department, SoRelle was photographed with Oath Keepers leader Stewart Rhodes, and several of the other members who have been charged, at the Capitol on January 6, 2021.

Rhodes and ten other members of the organization have been charged with seditious conspiracy for their actions related to the protest.

SoRelle appeared at the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas on Thursday afternoon and was released with conditions. The prosecution did not request that she be held.

Rhodes has been held without bail pending his trial.

In a press release about Rhodes’ arrest in January, the Justice Department said that “there is overwhelming evidence that Rhodes organized a plot to oppose by force the execution of the laws of the United States and that he possesses the willingness and capacity to continue to engage in criminal conduct. Under these circumstances, only pretrial detention can protect the community from the danger Rhodes poses.”

The DOJ claims in that, “the defendants conspired through a variety of manners and means, including: organizing into teams that were prepared and willing to use force and to transport firearms and ammunition into Washington, D.C.; recruiting members and affiliates to participate in the conspiracy; organizing trainings to teach and learn paramilitary combat tactics; bringing and contributing paramilitary gear, weapons, and supplies – including knives, batons, camouflaged combat uniforms, tactical vests with plates, helmets, eye protection, and radio equipment – to the Capitol grounds; breaching and attempting to take control of the Capitol grounds and building on Jan. 6, 2021, in an effort to prevent, hinder and delay the certification of the electoral college vote; using force against law enforcement officers while inside the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021; continuing to plot, after Jan. 6, 2021, to oppose by force the lawful transfer of presidential power, and using websites, social media, text messaging and encrypted messaging applications to communicate with co-conspirators and others.”

Rhodes has pleaded not guilty and his trial is scheduled to begin this month. The charge of seditious conspiracy carries a statutory maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.

SoRelle is scheduled to appear for a virtual hearing on September 6.

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