'They are coming for us' - Private Telegram messages show Proud Boys scrambling after Capitol riot - 2021-06-16
WASHINGTON — Proud Boys were beset with infighting and fear that the FBI was "coming for us" in the weeks after the Capitol riot, according to a batch of private Telegram chats released by the lawyer of a Proud Boy leader charged in the Capitol riot.
Summaries of more than three dozen Telegram chats between Ethan Nordean and other alleged members of the Proud Boys were submitted to U.S. District Jude Timothy Kelly on Tuesday by one of Nordean's lawyers, David Smith. The messages show, Smith says, that Nordean stated on several occasions that he was done with rallying after January 6. Smith says that shows Nordean should be released from custody, where he has been since Kelly ordered him and his co-defendant, Joseph Biggs, detained in April.
Nordean, also known as "Rufio Panman," is the self-described "sergeant of arms" of the Seattle Chapter of the Proud Boys. He's charged with six counts, including obstruction of an official proceeding, obstruction of law enforcement during civil disorder, destruction of government property and conspiracy.