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Infowars host charged for 1/6
Owen Shroyer charged with breaching Capitol
Infowars host Owen Shroyer has been charged in connection with his activities on January 6, 2021. He hosts The War Room with Owen Shroyer.
Shroyer announced live on the air Friday that his lawyer had informed him he was being charged and then said he would continue the show, despite saying he probably shouldn’t. You can hear clips from the Knowledge Fight podcast:
Shroyer was charged with disorderly conduct and entering a restricted area - both misdemeanors. He has until this morning to turn himself in to police.
More on his actions that day:
Authorities say video shows Shroyer marching to the Capitol from the Ellipse shortly before the building was breached, telling the crowd “today we march for the Capitol because on this historic January 6, 2021, we have to let our Congressmen and women know, and we have to let Mike Pence know, they stole the election, we know they stole it, and we aren’t going to accept it!"
Shroyer was seen on the west side of the Capitol next to the inauguration stage as well as at the top of the stairs on the east side of the Capitol, authorities said in the documents.
Authorities say Shroyer was vocal in advance of Jan. 6 about stopping the certification of the Electoral College vote. The day before the riot, he spoke at Freedom Plaza, declaring: “Americans are ready to fight. We’re not exactly sure what that’s going to look like perhaps in a couple of weeks if we can’t stop this certification of the fraudulent election ... we are the new revolution! We are going to restore and we are going to save the republic!" according to the court papers.
Shroyer was previously arrested in December 2019 for disrupting a House Judiciary Committee impeachment hearing:
He received a deferred prosecution agreement in that case, in which he agreed to do community service and follow certain conditions, like not engaging in disorderly or disruptive conduct on Capitol grounds, according to court documents.
He hadn't completed any of the required community service hours as of Jan. 6, so that agreement was still in effect, authorities said.
An Infowars video editor, Samuel Montoya, was arrested in April for “impeding passage” on Capitol grounds on January 6. He described his actions that day on an episode of Infowars.
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