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Oath Keepers Lawyer Kellye SoRelle Arrested, Charged Related to Jan. 6 Riot


  • Kellye SoRelle says she is general counsel for the far-right militia group Oath Keepers, per CNN.
  • She was charged on Thursday with obstructing Congress’ electoral count on Jan. 6, 2021.
  • Several Oath Keepers have now faced charges related to the Capitol riot.

Kellye SoRelle, who says she is general counsel for the far-right group Oath Keepers, was charged on Thursday with obstruction of the electoral process, adding a tally to the number of associates of the far-right militia group who have been arrested and charged with counts related to the January 6, 2021, Capitol riot. 

The indictment lists four charges: conspiracy to obstruct Congress’s certification of the electoral college vote, obstruction of the process while aiding and abetting others to do the same, entering and remaining on restricted Capitol grounds, and obstruction of justice by withholding records relevant to the DOJ’s grand jury investigation of the Capitol riot.

SoRelle, 43, was arrested Thursday morning in Junction, Texas, according to a press release from the US Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia. She made an initial court appearance in an Austin courthouse.

SoRelle did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Insider.

On the day of the riot, the attorney was outside of the Capitol with the Oath Keepers’ founder, Stewart Rhodes, according to The Washington Post.

She told The Post at the time that she mostly witnessed peaceful protestors and “no officers out there telling us we were trespassing and that we needed to vacate.”

Rhodes and ten other alleged members of the Oath Keepers were charged with seditious conspiracy by the Justice Department earlier this year. So far, three have pleaded guilty. The eight other members, including Rhodes, have entered a not guilty plea.

SoRelle took over the Oath Keepers as acting president while Rhodes sat in jail awaiting trial, according to a Rolling Stone report. She has not represented any of the members during their criminal proceedings, CNN reported.

A virtual hearing for SoRelle will be held on Tuesday.



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