Proud Boys Chats Reveal How They Coordinated During the Capitol Riot - 2021-05-14

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F0.png Proud Boys Chats Reveal How They Coordinated During the Capitol Riot May 14, 2021, Tess Owen, Vice News

Prosecutors say they've obtained thousands of pages of text messages and private Telegram chats between high-ranking Proud Boys that offer more insight into the group's alleged coordination before, during, and after the deadly insurrection—including a "Ministry of Self-Defense" that had an established chain-of-command and video planning conferences prior to January 6.

Snippets of chats were released Thursday in the case against Proud Boy "Sergeant-at-Arms" Ethan Nordean, who is among those facing serious conspiracy charges for his alleged actions on January 6.

The new documents also raise fresh questions about Tarrio's involvement in the Capitol riot, despite the fact he was absent on the day itself.

Prosecutors seem to be particularly interested in messages referencing the "Ministry of Defense" or MOSD, described by one Proud Boy as a "special chapter" of the organization that was dedicated to planning for January 6.

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