11 people have now been charged for their actions on January 6, during the attack on the Capitol.
With the justice department accusing them of “seditious conspiracy.”
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Now, the events from January 6th 2021 still haunt us to this day.
As a joint session of Congress convened to formally count the Electoral College votes and certify Joe Biden’s election win, lawmakers were forced to shelter in place and evacuate as pro-Trump rioters broke into the U.S Capitol Building.
Scenes were truly shocking.
Breaking windows, doors, and furniture along with chants of “stop the steal!”
The rioters quickly went viral.
And photos showing them looting objects, such as the lectern of U.S. Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, quickly started circulating online.
Things went from bad to worse.
And the world watched on, transfixed, as more and more rioters continued to spill into the Capitol and clash with police.
Even Trump got involved.
The former president was repeatedly urged to appear on national television to order his supporters to stand down.
He instead issued a series of half-hearted tweets…
Where he reminded the rioters that the police and law enforcement was “on our side,” and to “remain peaceful.”
Trump’s behavior resulted in him being banned from all social media platforms…
And, as control was regained in the Capitol and the cleanup began, an impeachment investigation was launched into the former president for the role he played in the riots.
Of course, the aftermath of the event has been nothing short of unbelievable…
And, as the months have trickled by, more and more rioters have been named, shamed, and reprimanded for their actions…
Including the “public face of the Capitol Riot,” Jacob Chansley…
Otherwise known as the “QAnon Shaman.”
Thirty-four-year-old Chansley appeared in front of the court on November 10 2021 where he was handed a prison sentence for his actions by US District Judge Royce Lamberth.
Chansley was among the first to enter the building during the riots, and armed with a bullhorn, riled up the surrounding crowd…
Assistant U.S. Attorney Kimberly Paschall told the judge how Chansley entered the Senate chamber shouting: “Times up, mother****ers’ is not peaceful, your honor.”
She also noted that Chansley had left a note, described as “threatening,” on Vice President Mike Pence’s desk which read: “It’s only a matter of time. Justice is coming.”
Addressing judge Lamberth before he was sentenced, Chansley said: “I believe in freedom with all my heart and soul.”
“But I also believe in law and order, because without law and order you can’t have freedom,” he said, before adding that “men of honor” admit when they’re wrong.
Chansley then admitted that he “broke the law” and that if he believes “in freedom” and “in law and order,” then he “should take responsibility.”
Judge Lamberth sentenced Chansley to forty-one months in a federal prison for his actions.
In addition to his prison sentence, Chansley is required to pay $2,000 for damages and at the end of his prison term, will serve 3 years of supervised release, CNN reports.
And now, 11 others who also took part in the Capitol riots have been charged…
One of them was far-right Oath Keeper leader, Stewart Rhodes, who stated that he traveled to DC for a scouting trip before the riot broke out.
The indictment comes as new information has been revealed, detailing the plans made by the militia group to “rapidly transport firearms and other weapons into Washington, D.C.” to stop the vote from happening.
Thanks to this information, the grand jury approved the incitement on Wednesday, announcing that all eleven engaged in a conspiracy to “oppose the lawful transfer of presidential power by force, by preventing, hindering, or delaying by force execution of laws governing the transfer of power.”
“All I see Trump doing is complaining. I see no intent by him to do anything,” Rhodes allegedly wrote via a signal message.
“So the patriots are taking it into their own hands. They’ve had enough,” he said on the 6th.
According to court filings submitted by the Justice Department Rhodes also said back in November 2020: “We’re going to defend the president, the duly elected president, and we call on him to do what needs to be done to save our country.
“Because if you don’t guys, you’re going to be in a bloody, bloody civil war and a bloody — you can call it an insurrection, or you can call it a war or fight.”
Before now, the court has tried to steer clear from using the sedition charge under fears that it would politicize the prosecution of the attackers…
However, after the new information has come out, Attorney General Merrick Garland said they were: “committed to holding all January 6th perpetrators, at any level, accountable under law — whether they were present that day or were otherwise criminally responsible for the assault on our democracy.”
What do you make of the charge?