Federal prosecutors have added more charges to an Arab man accused in the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol that could land him 20 years in federal prison.
James remains in federal custody awaiting trial.
Arab resident Joshua James, 33, of Arab and Roberto Minuta, 36, of Prosper, Texas, are charged with conspiracy, obstruction of an official proceeding, and entering and remaining in a restricted building.
The new indictment says Minuto, with James and others standing by, “aggressively berated and taunted law enforcement officers in riot gear guarding the perimeter of the Capitol building.”
The indictment also says James, “forcibly entered the Capitol building through the east side Rotunda doors” and that James “pushed past U.S. Capitol Police Officers who physically placed their hands on JAMES in an unsuccessful attempt to stop him from progressing toward the Capitol Rotunda.”
The indictment further states that James “attempted to, and did, corruptly obstruct, influence, and impede an official proceeding, and did aid and abet others known and unknown to do the same; that is forcibly entered the Capitol to, and did, stop, delay, and hinder Congress’s certification of the Electoral College vote.”
The indictment of James also names 11 other “co-conspirators” who forcibly entered the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 while Congress was getting ready to certify the Electoral College vote naming Joe Biden president of the United States.
The FBI said James was there as a body guard for former President Donald Trump’s friend, Roger Stone.
Stone has not been charged in the insurrection.
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