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Oath Keepers attorney arrested, charged with conspiracy

General counsel for far-right wing group charged on multiple counts, including conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding.

Published: September 1, 2022 11:11am

Updated: September 1, 2022 11:42am

Oath Keepers general counsel Kellye Sorelle was arrested Wednesday and charged with conspiracy and obstruction of justice, court documents show

Sorelle, 43, was charged on four counts including conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding, entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds, and tampering with documents.

Sorelle, who defended members of the Oath Keepers anti-government militia group over actions relating to the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, has not been charged with sedition like some Oath Keeper members.

The first count accuses Sorelle of attempting to obstruct Congress' certification of the Electoral College vote, starting in December 2020 until January 2021. The second and third counts allege that Sorelle entered the Capitol and attempted to stop the vote on Jan. 6 while urging others to do the same.

The final count claims Sorelle destroyed evidence and persuaded and attempted to persuade others to withhold documents from the Grand Jury investigation into the Jan. 6 riot.

She was arrested Thursday morning in Junction, Texas, and is expected to appear in the Austin federal courthouse later in the day, Politico reported.

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