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Lawyer for far-right group arrested in connection with January 6 attack on US Capitol

A lawyer for far-right extremist group Oath Keepers has been charged with conspiracy in connection with the January 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol, authorities said today.

Kellye SoRelle – general counsel for the anti-government group – has been arrested in Texas on charges of conspiring to obstruct the certification of US President Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory, the Justice Department has announced.

SoRelle, 43, is a close associate of Stewart Rhodes, the leader of the Oath Keepers who will stand trial later this month alongside other extremists for seditious conspiracy.

After Rhodes was arrested in January, SoRelle told the media that she was acting as president of the Oath Keepers while he was behind bars.

Prosecutors accused Rhodes and his militia of plotting for weeks to stop the transfer of power and keep former US President Donald Trump in power, buy weapons, organize military-style training and set up plans to battle.

SoRelle told The Associated Press last year — when FBI agents seized her phone as part of the Jan. 6 investigation — that she had no knowledge of or involvement in the Capitol breach. She called the seizure of her phone “unethical” and the investigation a “witch hunt”.

She is scheduled to make her first appearance in federal court in Austin, Texas later today and it is not immediately clear if she has an attorney to speak on her behalf.

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