The hearing on Tuesday, January 6, focuses on extremist groups. Here are some names you may hear.


Leading up to the hearing, committee members said the presentation will explore connections between then-President Donald Trump’s administration and groups such as the Oath Keepers and Proud Boys.

Joe Biggs, a Florida Proud Boys leader and former InfoWars correspondent, took a leadership role within the Proud Boys after the arrest of Proud Boys president Enrique Tarrio on Jan. 4, according to the Justice Department. Biggs reportedly led the Proud Boys in a march to and around the Capitol and was present at the first breach of the Capitol grounds.

Biggs faces nine federal charges, including seditious conspiracy, and has pleaded not guilty.

Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn speaks during a protest outside the U.S. Supreme Court in December 2020 in Washington, DC.

Michael Flynn

Michael Flynn is a retired United States Army lieutenant general who served as national security adviser for the first 23 days of the Trump administration. Following reports that he misled the government about his communications with Russia before Trump took office, Flynn was forced to resign. He was charged with, pleaded guilty to – and then tried to withdraw that plea – lying to the FBI about his Russian contacts. Flynn eventually received a presidential pardon from Trump that ended the three-year legal saga.

After the 2020 election, Flynn was deeply involved in the Stop the Steal movement. His outlandish theories about undoing the election eventually made it to the White House, most notably at the December 2020 Oval Office meeting, where Flynn and attorney Sidney Powell suggested the then-president should impose martial law or confiscate voting machines. to take.

Kelly Meggs

Kelly Meggs is a leader of the Florida branch of the Oath Keepers and is one of several members charged with seditious conspiracy. He has pleaded not guilty. Text messages from around Jan. 6 show that on Jan. 6, Meggs discussed the possibility of using the Proud Boys as a “force multiplier” with other Oath Keepers, and that he was in touch with former Trump adviser Roger Stone about providing security. during the Stop the Steal rally.
According to the Justice Department, Meggs allegedly led the infamous first “stack” of Oathkeepers up the stairs and into the Capitol. Once inside, Meggs reportedly set out to find House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Ethan Nordean

Ethan Nordean, a Washington State Proud Boys leader, also took a leading role in Tarrio’s absence. Nordean, along with Biggs, led a large group of Proud Boys in a march from the Washington Monument to the Capitol.

Nordean faces nine federal charges, including seditious conspiracy, and has pleaded not guilty.

Dominic Pezzola

Rochester Proud Boys member Dominic Pezzola is accused of smashing a window with a stolen police officer’s riot shield, triggering the Capitol’s first breach.
He was reportedly one of the first rioters inside and was at the front of the group that chased Capitol Police Officer Eugene Goodman up the stairs.

Pezzola faces 10 federal charges, including seditious conspiracy, and has pleaded not guilty.

Attorney Sidney Powell addresses the press at Republican National Committee headquarters on Nov. 19, 2020 in Washington, DC.

Sydney Powell

Sidney Powell is a lawyer and former prosecutor who became a legal hero in the Trump world for her defense of Flynn when he was indicted in Robert Mueller’s investigation and later for her failed attempts to challenge the 2020 election results. After the 2020 election, she joined Rudy Giuliani and other Trump attorneys in lobbying some of the most outlandish false allegations of voter fraud, as she famously promised to “release the Kraken” in her legal scandals.
She now faces legal ethics complaints about how she handled the Trump-aligned disputes after the election. Before the 2020 election, she represented Flynn, Trump’s former national security adviser, when he tried to backtrack on a plea deal he signed with Mueller over false statements to the FBI.
Stewart Rhodes, founder of Oath Keepers, is pictured in February 2021.

Stewart Rhodes

Stewart Rhodes, an Army veteran and a graduate of Yale Law School, founded the Oath Keepers in 2009 and has led the far-right organization ever since. Rhodes was in the Capitol on Jan. 6, but is said not to have entered the building, though phone records indicate he was reportedly communicating with members who did enter the Capitol and with members staged at an armed “rapid response force” just outside Washington. , DC .
Rhodes was also a member of a “VIP” Signal chat along with Roger Stone, Ali Alexander, Alex Jones and other key Trump allies, according to people familiar with Signal messages prosecutors obtained.
Rhodes, along with nine other members of the Oath Keepers, will appear in court in September on charges of seditious conspiracy. He is currently being held in a federal detention facility near Washington, DC. Rhodes pleaded not guilty to all of the criminal charges that followed January 6.

Kellye SoRelle

In 2020, Kellye SoRelle volunteered for Lawyers for Trump and assisted in some of the Trump campaign’s efforts to challenge the results of the presidential election. She is a close ally of Rhodes and was photographed with him outside the Capitol on January 6. She has provided information to both the House of Representatives committee and the FBI, but has not been charged with a crime.
Former adviser to then-President Donald Trump, Roger Stone, leaves the United States E. Barrett Prettyman Courthouse in November 2019 in Washington, DC.

Roger Stone

Long-time political agent and Trump ally, Roger Stone was a major presence leading up to January 6, with connections to both Trump and far-right extremists involved in the Capitol riot.
Stone, who pardoned Trump in July 2020 after he was convicted of crimes including lying to Congress, attended the Stop the Steal rally on Jan. 6 and had a protective detail made up of members of the Oath Keepers, some of whom are criminals. charged with seditious conspiracy. According to the testimony of former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson before the committee last month, Trump told Chief of Staff Mark Meadows what would happen on January 6.
Stone has testified before the committee and affirmed his rights to the Fifth Amendment on every question.
Enrique Tarrio, leader of the Proud Boys, stands outside the Hyatt Regency where the Conservative Political Action Conference will take place in Orlando, Florida, in February 2021.

Enrique Tarrio

Arrested two days before January 6 for unrelated crimes, Proud Boys chairman Enrique Tarrio was not in Washington on the day of the attack, but is said to have kept in touch with a rally planning group within the Proud Boys, the Ministry of Self. Defense or MOSD.

The MOSD’s first event, prosecutors say, was the Jan. 6 Trump rally in Washington, and Tarrio sent the group a voice message on Jan. 4 acknowledging that they wanted to “storm the Capitol.” As the attack unfolded, Tarrio is said to have written in an encrypted message, “Make no mistake…We did this.”

Tarrio, Biggs, Pezzola and Nordean are among the Proud Boys leaders charged with seditious conspiracy. Like the other three, Tarrio has pleaded innocent.

Tierney Sneed of CNN and Holmes Lybrand contributed to this report.

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