, Three Percenters And MAGA Rally Speakers Charged With Conspiracy To Breach Capitol, The Nzuchi News Forbes

Three Percenters And MAGA Rally Speakers Charged With Conspiracy To Breach Capitol


Federal officials arrested six California men on Thursday in connection with the Jan. 6 riots at the U.S. Capitol, including four members of the right-wing Three Percenters group and two activists who helped organize pro-Trump rallies in Southern California and Washington, D.C. — the latest in a string of conspiracy charges tied to the Capitol breach.

Key Facts

The six men were charged Wednesday with conspiracy and other crimes tied to the Capitol breach, according to an indictment unsealed in federal court Thursday.

Two of the men were leaders of a pro-Trump and anti-coronavirus lockdown group called the American Phoenix Project: Russell Taylor spoke on the group’s behalf during a rally held in D.C. one day before the Jan. 6 riot, and the group’s founder Alan Hostetter spoke at a California Stop The Steal rally one month prior, according to the indictment (Forbes has reached out to Taylor and Hostetter for comment).

The other four indicted Californians allegedly identified themselves as members of the Three Percenters, a hard-right anti-government militia group.

The indictment says the Californians used Telegram chat groups — including a chat called “California Patriots-DC Brigade” — to plan their trip to D.C., coordinate their radio communications, share “intel” and discuss what weapons to bring to the nation’s capital.

, Three Percenters And MAGA Rally Speakers Charged With Conspiracy To Breach Capitol, The Nzuchi News Forbes

During the riot, one of the six men entered the U.S. Capitol building through a window, and the other five were spotted outside the Capitol, including during raucous clashes with police.

Crucial Quote

“I was pushing through traitors all day today. WE STORMED THE CAPITOL! Freedom was fully demonstrated today!,” Taylor allegedly wrote on Telegram, though he told others that he didn’t enter the Capitol building because he was carrying weapons.


Hostetter is a former police chief for the small Southern California city of La Habra, according to the Los Angeles Times and Orange County Register.

Surprising Fact

The FBI raided Taylor and Hostetter’s homes in Orange County in February, CNN reported at the time, but they weren’t charged with crimes.

Key Background

Federal authorities have arrested hundreds of people in connection with the Jan. 6 riots. Many of these people were charged with relatively small offenses like disorderly conduct, but prosecutors have hit dozens of individuals with more serious and complex charges like conspiracy and assaulting police. In particular, officials have zeroed in on members of prominent right-wing groups like the Oath Keepers and the Proud Boys.

What To Watch For

Plea agreements. The Justice Department has already offered plea deals or started negotiations with several Capitol riot defendants.

Further Reading

Suburban radicals: Inside the resurgence of right-wing extremism in Orange County (Los Angeles Times)

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