US Capitol attack

Oath Keeper leader in Alabama pleads guilty to conspiracy in US Capitol attack

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Oath Keeper leader in Alabama pleads guilty to conspiracy in US Capitol attack

STANDING GUARD. A riot police officer stands guard during a rally in support of defendants being prosecuted in the January 6 attack on the Capitol, in Washington, DC, USA on September 18, 2021.

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Joshua James, 34, pleads guilty to seditious conspiracy and obstruction of an official proceeding of Congress after playing a role in leading the assault on the Capitol

The leader of the Alabama chapter of the right-wing Oath Keepers militia group pleaded guilty to criminal charges including conspiracy in the January 6, 2021, attack on the US Capitol by supporters of then-President Donald Trump, the US Department of Justice announced on Wednesday, March 2.

Joshua James, 34, pleaded guilty to seditious conspiracy and obstruction of an official proceeding of Congress after playing a role in leading the assault on the Capitol, according to a news release. Prosecutors say James is the Oath Keepers’ regional leader and heads up the Alabama chapter.

James will cooperate with the investigation that is currently under way as part of the agreement, the news release said.

The Capitol attack left five people dead, including a Capitol Police officer who died the next day. – Rappler.com