Militia leaders now face decades in person after heeding to Donald Trump’s call to “stand by.” The DOJ convicting four leaders of The Proud Boys militia on seditious conspiracy charges. MSNBC Chief Legal Correspondent Ari Melber reports on the quest for justice that began on January 6.
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"The BEAT" WITH ARI MELBER STARTS RIGHT NOW.
>>, HI, NICOLLE., THANKS, SO, MUCH., WELCOME, TO, "THE, BEAT.", I'm, ARI, MELBER., TODAY, MAY, 4th, MARKS, ONE, LEGAL, CONCLUSION, IN, A, QUEST, FOR, JUSTICE, BEGAN, ON, JANUARY, 26th, 2021., TODAY, FEDERAL, PROSECUTORS, WON, THEIR, BIG, CASE, AGAINST, A, KEY, MILITIA, THAT, FIRST, BREACHES, THE, CAPITOL, THE, PROUD, BOYS, WHO, DONALD, TRUMP, SPECIFICALLY, SHOUTED, OUT., NOW, CONVICT, OF, SEDITION, THE, MOST, SERIES, POSSIBLE, CHARGE, FOR, AN, INSURRECTION, AND, A, RARE, AN, INSURRECTION, AND, A, RARE, CHARGE, IN, AMERICAN, LIFE, AND, LAW., IT, IS, PROVEN, AGAINST, THESE, FOUR, SEDITION, CONSPIRACY, INCLUDING, TOP, GUN., YOU, MAY, REMEMBER, THE, NATION, WAS, WATCHING, IN, REALTIME, AND, FROM, CASUAL, OBSERVERS, TO, SECURITY, EXPERTS, MANY, WERE, AGHAST, AND, ASTOUNDED, THAT, A, GROUP, WOULD, SO, QUICKLY, OVERRUN, THE, SECURITY, APPARATUS, THE, POLICE, DURING, ONE, OF, THE, MOST, SIGNIFICANT, NATIONAL, SECURITY, GATHERINGS, OF, THE, YEAR, DURING, A, TIME, WHEN, WE, KNOW, ALL, OF, CONGRESS, AND, THE, VICE, PRESIDENT, ARE, TOGETHER, IN, ONE, SPACE., BREACHED, BY, SEDITIONISTS, SOME, OF, THEM, ARMED, LED, TO, THE, FOOTAGE, YOU, SEE, HERE, SENDING, LAWMAKERS, AND, POWERFUL, PEOPLE, RUNNING, FOR, THEIR, LIVES, INSTEAD, OF, CERTIFYING, THE, ELECTION., IN, THOSE, FIRST, DAY, AFTER, THE, ATTACK, WHICH WAS ACTUALLY IF YOU REMEMBER SOMETHING OF A MYSTERY IN, PLAIN, SIGHT., HOW, DID, THIS, EVEN, HAPPEN?, HOW, WERE, THEY, SO, EFFECTIVE, AT, REACHING, THE, CAPITOL, THAT, DAY?, WELL, TONIGHT, WE, HAVE, PART, OF, THE, ANSWER, FOR, YOU, BECAUSE, OVERTIME, INDEPENDENT, ACCOUNTS, AND, THE, JANUARY, 6th COMMITTEE, PROBE AND THEN LATER, ULTIMATELY, THE, DOJ, ADDED, EVIDENCE, THAT, SHOWED, THAT, IN, ALL, ACCURACY, AND, FAIRNESS, SOME, PEOPLE, DID, JUST, SHOW, UP, TO, WATCH, A, SPEECH, THAT, DAY., SOME, PEOPLE, DID, JUST, GO, TO, THE, ELLIPSE, AND, NOT, KNOW, MUCH, MORE, THAN, THAT., SOME, PEOPLE, SHOWED, UP, THAT, DAY, BECAUSE, DONALD, TRUMP, ASKED, THEM, TO., THAT, WAS, ONE, PART, OF, THE, DAY., BUT, THE, VERY, EFFECTIVE, AND, SWIFT, BREACHING, OF, THE, CONFIDENT, THE, ORGANIZED, TARGETING, OF, THE, LESS, PROTECTED, ENTRANCES, THE, METHODICAL, APPROACH, TO, WEARING, DOWN, OFFICERS, THAT, WE, LEARNED, WAS, LED, SPECIFICALLY, IN, THE, MAIN, BY, TWO, PRO, TRUMP, MAGA, MILITIAS., AND, AS, OF, TODAY, THEY're, BOTH, FOR, THE, FIRST, TIME, -- FOLLOWS, ON, THE, CONVICTIONS, OF, OATH, KEEPERS, FOR, SEDITION, CHARGES., FOR, SEDITION, CHARGES., NOW, BOTH, MILITIAS, CONVICTED., ACCEPTED, THE, GOVERNMENT's, EVIDENCE, WHICH, SHOWS, HOW, THE, PROUD, BOYS, USED, TRAINING, TO, TRAY, TO, OVERTHROW, THE, PEACEFUL, TRANSITION, THAT WAS PLANNED AT THE TIME TO PRESIDENT-ELECT BIDEN's ADMINISTRATION.
>> I RECALL, HEARING, THE, WORD, OATH, KEEPER, AND, HEARING, THE, WORD, PROUD, BOYS, CLOSER, TO, THE, PLANNING, OF, THE, JANUARY, 6th RALLY., >> RECRUITS ARE TOLD TO, MEET, AT, THE, WASHINGTON, MONUMENT, THE, MORNING, OF, THE, 6th., >>, WE're, GOING, TO, GO, INCOGNITO., WE're, GOING, TO, BE, BLENDING, IN., >>, WE're, GOING, TO, WALK, DOWN, TO, THE, CAPITOL., >>, BE, ADVISED, THERE's, PROBABLY, ABOUT, 300, PROUD, BOYS., THEY're, MARCHING, EASTBOUND., >>, OVER, A, DOZEN, PROUD, BOYS, ARE, NOW, TRAINED, ON, THAT, ENTRANCE, NOW, TRAINED, ON, THAT, ENTRANCE, AND, THEY, ATTACK, THE, POLICE., >>, YOU, JUST, STOLE, OUR, RIOT, SHIELD?, >>, THEY, INSTIGATED, BY, REPEATING, TO, SAME, TACTICS., TARGET, AN, ACCESS, POINT, RILE, UP, THE, CROWD, -- >>, WE, THE, PEOPLE!, WE, THE, PEOPLE!, >>, JOIN, THE, VIOLENCE, AND, REASSESS., >>, MR., TARRIO, SENT, AN, ENCRYPTED, CHAT, WE, DID, THIS., >>, THAT, BLUSTER, COMBINED, WITH, A, LOT, OF, HARD, EVIDENCE, PROVED, THE, ATTACKERS, WERE, DONALD, TRUMP's, ARMY, AND, -- THE, EVIDENCE, TO, KEEP, THEM, IN, POWER, NO, MATTER, WHAT, THE, LAW, SAID., THE, MILITIA, LEADERS, CONSPIRED, TO, OVERTHROW, BY, FORCE, THE, GOVERNMENT, IN, THE, UNITED, STATES., THAT's, WHAT, THEY're, CONVICTED OF.
BESIDES THOSE FOUR SEDITIONISTS I MENTIONED THE OTHER WAS, ACCUSED, OF, A, RANGE, OF, CRIMES, CONVICTED, OF, ASSAULTING, AN, OFFICER, BUT, NOT, CONVICTED, OF, SEDITION., WE, CAN, TELL, YOU, AS, THIS, GUILTY, VERDICT, WAS, READ, THE, TOP, MILITIA, LEADER, SAT, DRESSED, IN, A, BLUE, TOP, AND, RED, TIE., HIS, RELATIVES, IN, A, COURTROOM, GALLERY, WHILE, THE, OTHERS, IF, I, CANNED, THEIR, EYES, ON, A, JURY, FOREARM, ACCORDING, TO, A, "WASHINGTON, POST", ACCOUNT., EACH, OF, THESE, CONVICTS, ARE, NOW, ABSORBING, THAT, THEY, CAN, FACE, UP, TO, 40, EVEN, 50, YEARS, IN, PRISON, FOR, SEDITIOUS, CONSPIRACY., AND, OF, COURSE, ALL, OF, THIS, LINKS, DIRECTLY, BACK, TO, DONALD, TRUMP, IN, MANY, DIFFERENT, WAYS., WE, ARE, A, LEGAL, CULTURE, IN, AMERICA., SO, SOMETIMES, WE, CAN, BE, OVERLY, LEGALISTIC, AS, WITH, THAT, SECOND, IMPEACHMENT, OF, DONALD, TRUMP, THAT, TALKED, ABOUT, WHETHER, HE, WAS, TECHNICALLY, GUILTY, OF, INCITEMENT, WHICH, LEGALLY, IS, A, VERY, SPECIFIC, THING., INDEED, IF, YOU, FOLLOW, OUR, COVERAGE, I've, DISCUSSED, THE, FACT, THAT, PROVING, DONALD, TRUMP's, GUILT, BASED, ONLY, ON, THE, SPEECH, THAT, DAY, WOULD, BE, QUITE, DIFFICULT., BUT, THAT's, A, LEGAL, ANALYSIS, WHICH, IS, ONLY, AT, CERTAIN, TIMES, RELEVANT., THE, REST, OF, THE, QUESTION, AS, WE, LIVE, IN, A, SOCIETY THAT IS NOW FIGHTING OFF WOULD BE AUTHORITARIANS AND COUP, PLOTS, IS, HOW, THEN, PRESIDENT, TRUMP, RELATED, TO, THESE, INDIVIDUAL, WHO, IS, AS, OF, TONIGHT, I, CAN, TELL, YOU, ARE, LEGALLY, TRAITORS, CONVICTED, SEDITIONISTS., HE, WAS, VERY, CLEAR, HE, WENT, PARTER, THAN, ANYTHING, WE've, SEEN, PARTER, THAN, ANYTHING, WE've, SEEN, IN, PUBLIC, SINCE, THE, CIVIL, WAR, ERA., HE, AS, A, PRESIDENT, WHEN, PRESS, ON, HATE, GROUPS, AND, MILITIAS, THAT, WERE, AT, TIMES, TRAFFICKING, IN, TRUMP, RHETORIC, OR, SAYING, THEY, HAD, COMMON, CAUSE, WITH, HIM, HE, USED, HIS, BULLY, PULPIT, TO, TELL, THEM, TO, BE, READY, TO, DO, WHAT, THEY, DID, STAGE, AN, INSURRECTION., HE, GALVANIZED, THEM, IN, AMONG, OTHER, THINGS, THIS, NOTORIOUS, EXCHANGE., >>, ARE, YOU, WILLING, TONIGHT, TO, CONDEMN, WHITE, SUPREMACISTS, AND, MILITIA, GROUPS, AND, TO, SAY, THAT, THEY, NEED, TO, STAND, DOWN, AND, NOT, ADD, TO, THE, VIOLENCE., >>, GIVE, ME, A, NAME., WHO, WOULD, YOU, LIKE, TOEM, A, TO, CONDEMN., >>, WHITE, SUPREMACISTS., PROUD, BOYS., >>, PROUD, BOY, STAND, BACK, AND, STD, BY., >>, WOULD, YOU, SAY, PROUD, BOYS, NUMBERS, INCREASED, AFTER, THE, STAND, BACK, AND, STAND, BY, COMMENT?, >>, EXPONENTIALLY., I'd, SAY, TRIPLES, PROBABLY., >>, TRIPLED., DONALD, TRUMP, RECRUIT, FOR, THIS, CONVICTED, SEDITION, MILITIA, REJECTING ANY STANDARD CALL TO STAND DOWN.
HE TOLD THEM TO, STAND, BY, AND, THEY, DID., NOW, THEY'll, BE, STANDING, BY, IN, PRISON, FOR, MAYBE, DECADES., SOME, MAY, DIE, THERE., THEY, WILL, HAVE, PLENTY, OF, TIME, TO, REFLECT, ON, WHAT, HEEDING, TRUMP's, CALL, DID, TO, THEIR, OWN, LIVES, AND, MORE, IMPORTANTLY, IN, THE, EYES, OF, JUSTICE, WHAT, IT, DID, TO, SO, MANY, OTHER, PEOPLE's, LIVES, -- THE, POLICE, THEY, SAVAGELY, ASSAULTED, THE, LAWMAKERS, THEY, SENT, RUNNING, EVEN, THOSE, LAWMAKERS, WHO, HAD, CLAIMED, TO, BE, AMONG, SOME, REPUBLICANS, FORGING, A, TYPE, OF, REPUBLICANS, FORGING, A, TYPE, OF, COMMON, CAUSE, WITH, JANUARY, 6th., THEY, TESTED, OUR, DEMOCRACY, BUT, DID, NOT, BREAK, IT., EAT, TIME, OF, ACCOUNTABILITY, IN, AMERICA, BECAUSE, THEIR, NARRATERS, AND, PROPAGANDISTS, ARE, BEING, DEALT, WITH, SEPARATELY, UNDER, CIVIL, LAW, SOME, FOX, NEWS, PAYING, MANY, BILLIONS, OF, DOLLARS, BUT, NO, TALK, OF, EIGHT, FOOT, CELL, OVERS, OV, THERE., THAT's, ON, PURPOSE, THE, U.S., JUSTICE, SYSTEM, AIMS, TO, USE, BOTH, REMEDIES, CIVIL, AND, CRIMINAL, AND, TO, USE, THEM, PROPORTIONATELY., I'll, TELL, YOU, NO, SERIOUS, AMERICAN, LEGAL, EXPERT, EQUATED, FOR, EXAMPLE, DANGEROUS, PROPAGANDA, AND, LIES, AND, DEFAMATION, ABOUT, VIOLENCE, WITH, VIOLENCE, ITSELF., THEY, ARE, DIFFERENT., MORALLY, LEGALLY, AND, OTHERWISE., SO, THE, SEDITIONISTS, ARE HEADED TO PRISON.
THEY're DEFAMATORY PROVING NETWORK THAT, WAS, FOUND, TO, BE, SOMETIMES, ALLIED, WITH, THEM, IS, PAYING, FOR, THEIR, LIES., AND, HAVE, PROVEN, MORE, COSTLY, THAN, VALUABLE., FOR, A, LEGAL, PROCESS, TONIGHT, I, CAN, TELL, YOU, THAT, STARTED, QUITE, SLOWLY, THERE's, ACTUALLY, BEEN, A, LOT, OF, ACCOUNTABILITY, IN, THE, NEWS., THEN, THERE, ARE, THE, TRUMP, RINGLEADERS, AIDES, AND, LAWYERS, WHO, AGAIN, IN, THIS, SAME, PROCESS, THAT's, TAKEN, SOME, TIME, THE, EVIDENCE, SHOWS, DID, TRY, INTENTIONALLY, AND, REPEATEDLY, TO, OVERTHROW, THE, GOVERNMENT, FROM, THE, INSIDE., THAT's, STILL, UNDER, INVESTIGATION, IN, AND, GEORGIA, AND, IN, THIS, SEASON, OF, ACCOUNTABILITY, THE, QUESTION, IS, WHETHER, THE, NOW, INDICTED, FORMER, PRESIDENT, AND, HIS, TOP, AIDES, WILL, EVER, FACE, ALL, OF, THIS, ACCOUNTABILITY, THAT, HAS, CLEARLY, CAUGHT, UP, TO, SOME, OF, THEIR, LOUDER, CLUMSIER, HANDMADS., AND, I, ALWAYS, TRY, TO, KEEP, IT, AS, CLEAR, AND, REAL, WITH, YOU, AS, I, CAN., THERE, IS, FAIRNESS., THERE, ARE, LEGAL, PRINCIPLES., THERE, ARE, PEOPLE, WHO, ARE, LEGALLY, PRESUMED, INNOCENT, IN, A, CRIMINAL, TRIAL., BUT, THERE, IS, NOT, A, RATIONAL, PERSON, ON, EARTH, WHO, NOW, THINKS, FACING, THIS, EVIDENCE, THAT, EVERYONE, IN, TRUMP's, ORBIT, SIMPLY, WENT, ROGUE, WHILE, HE, SAT, OUT, THE, PLOT, WHICH, TURNED, INTO, AN.