WASHINGTON – U.S. prosecutors have charged six members of the right-wing Militia group Three Percenters with conspiracy to attack the U.S. Capitol on January 6, according to an accused Thursday in federal court in Washington.
Federal prosecutors have previously brought similar conspiracy cases against members of two other right-wing groups, The Oath Keepers and The Proud Boys. The pending cases are the largest and most complex of the approximately 500 that the Justice Department has brought in the months since the deadly attack by supporters of former President Donald Trump.
Six men, all from California, have been charged in the indictment: Alan Hostetter, Russell Taylor, Eric Scott Warner, Felipe Antonio “Tony” Martinez, Derek Kinnison and Ronald Mele.
According to the indictment, in 2020 Hostetter formed a group called the U.S. Phoenix Project that protested against restrictions on public gatherings imposed during the COVID-19 pandemic as a social health measure. According to the indictment, the group has become a platform to advocate for violence against government leaders.
Hostetter and Taylor, along with Roger Stone, a longtime friend and adviser to Trump, appeared outside the U.S. Supreme Court on a protest against the outcome of the 2020 presidential election a day before the Capitol riots.
Trump granted a pardon to Stone in December and erased his conviction from the federal investigation that documented Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election.
The Trump mob stormed the Capitol, disrupting the formal certification of President Joe Biden’s election victory, clashing with an overwhelming police force and invading the House of Representatives and Senate halls. Five people were killed.