The move, made known through the iPhone search of the Oath Keepers-linked Texas lawyer Kellye SoRelle, again raises the possibility that the Justice Department could be considering use of the provocative charge.
The search also is a sign that the federal investigation into right-wing groups whose members took part in the January 6 insurrection continues. The warrant, signed by a magistrate judge in DC District Court, is dated August 30.
Even though a criminal code may appear on a search warrant, it doesn’t mean it’ll lead to that charge — or any charge. SoRelle has not been charged with a crime. She wasn’t available on Thursday to comment to CNN.
In tweets on Wednesday night about having her cell phone searched, SoRelle implied that she believed a conspiracy was targeting her.
She publicly identifies herself as the general counsel for the Oath Keepers, the far-right paramilitary organization that federal prosecutors have zeroed in on in their largest January 6 conspiracy case to date. She doesn’t represent any charged Capitol riot defendants, according to federal court records in DC.
Most of the defendants have pleaded not guilty and are headed to trial, though prosecutors have signed up some key cooperators with ties to the group through guilty plea deals.
SoRelle says she also works with grassroots groups supportive of former President Donald Trump.
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story misattributed the outlet that first reported the details of the search warrant. It was Mother Jones.