A United States jury continues to deliberate on whether four members of the far-right militia group known as the Oath Keepers committed the crime of “seditious conspiracy” during the January 6, 2021, attack on the US Capitol.
During closing arguments on Wednesday, federal prosecutor Louis Manzo told the jury that the defendants had been willing recruits in an effort to use violent means to stop the certification of the 2020 presidential election, in which Republican incumbent Donald Trump lost to Democrat Joe Biden.
“Our democracy was under attack, but for the defendants, it was everything they trained for and a moment to celebrate,” Manzo said. “The defendants could not let the election stand. They could not let Biden come to power.”
The conclusion of the trial will mark the end of one of the most high-profile cases related to the deadly attack on the US Capitol, in which a mob of Trump supporters tried to halt the peaceful transition of power.