Proud Boys trial: US says defendants ‘did not back down’ on January 6

Opening statements to come in the trial of longtime Proud Boys chairman Henry “Enrique” Tario and four other associates of the right-wing group accused of a seditious plot in the Capitol riot on January 6, 2021.

For more than an hour, Assistant US Attorney Jason McCullough showed jurors violent videos and foul audio of the defendants, saying the evidence was overwhelming that they planned to keep President Donald Trump in power by force. Two years after the bombing, the trial is one of the most high-profile in the growing investigation into the day’s events.

“You’re going to see the private communications, you’re going to see the public statements, you’re going to see their coordinated actions, you’re going to see the celebration of the group’s activities, they’re going to try to cover their tracks,” McCullough said. “You will know by the way they have directly targeted the certification of election results, it is a direct result of their actions. Referring to Trump’s infamous words during a 2020 presidential debate, McCullough said, “They didn’t back down, they didn’t stand on the sidelines.”

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