WASHINGTON, Aug.11 (Reuters) – A New Jersey woman on Monday became the first person associated with the “Three Percenters” militia to agree to plead guilty to a charge related to the Jan.6 assault on the United States Capitol by supporters of the time. President Donald Trump.
A plea hearing for Rasha Abual-Ragheb, a Lebanese resident of Fairfield, New Jersey, was scheduled for August 23, U.S. District Judge Carl Nichols told prosecutor Michael Liebman and defense attorney Elita Amato in a brief hearing Wednesday.
The charge to which Abual-Ragheb will plead guilty has not been specified, but she faces four counts of misdemeanor related to the riot.
An FBI agent said in an affidavit that in November 2020, a Facebook account under the name of Rasha Abu participated in online discussions “involving the New Jersey chapter of the American Patriot 3%.” The FBI said that during discussions, Rasha Abu said that “civil war is approaching and they must show their support, stand up and fight for our Constitution.”
The FBI said on January 6, a confidential source told his Philadelphia office that he met a woman outside a Washington hotel named “Rasha” and “said she was in the United States Capitol. and that she saw a woman being shot “.
More than 570 people have been charged following the riot in which Trump supporters sought to prevent Congress from certifying the electoral victory of Democratic President Joe Biden. At least 36 have pleaded guilty to riot-related charges.
Investigators have linked seven defendants still charged with riots to the “Three Percent,” a group named after the misconception that only 3% of American settlers took up arms against the British during the American Revolution.
Reporting by Mark Hosenball; edited by Jonathan Oatis
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