The long time Oath Keepers general counsel Kellye SoRelle has been deemed incompetent… Is anyone surprised?
Evaluators hired by the government and defense have determined the former general counsel for the Oath Keepers militia is not currently competent to stand trial, both her lawyer and a federal prosecutor said in court Thursday.
Kellye SoRelle, of Texas, was indicted in September on felony counts of conspiracy and obstruction for allegedly instructing members of the Oath Keepers to destroy evidence after the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol Building. SoRelle, a lawyer and former Republican candidate for the Texas House of Representatives, was on the grounds of the Capitol with militia leader Stewart Rhodes but did not enter the building. She was also filmed taking part in a meeting between Rhodes, Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio and others in the garage of the Phoenix Hotel in D.C. on Jan. 5. Tarrio has claimed the meeting was about him seeking legal representation following his arrest a day earlier for burning a D.C. church's Black Lives Matter flag.
SoRelle was scheduled to begin a jury trial on July 10 with co-defendants Donovan Crowl and James Beeks. On Thursday, however, Assistant U.S. Attorney Alexandra Hughes and SoRelle’s public defender, Horatio Aldredge, told U.S. District Judge Mehta they had been informed by separate evaluators that SoRelle was not currently competent to stand trial. Hughes said the Justice Department expected to receive the full report back from their evaluator by the end of the week.
Mehta, who has presided over the previous three Oath Keepers conspiracy trials to date, said that put him in an unusual position because SoRelle has been free on a personal recognizance bond since her arrest last year. Mehta has served on the federal bench since being nominated by former President Barack Obama in 2014 and has never in that time, he said, encountered a situation where a defendant on release has been deemed incompetent.
Last year she declared herself “acting leader” of the seditious organization...
With founder Stewart Rhodes now in jail on charges of “seditious conspiracy” to block the Biden presidency by use of force, the militia’s general counsel Kellye SoRelle has taken command.
“I am currently acting as President of Oath Keepers in lieu of Mr. Rhodes until he is released,” SoRelle told Rolling Stone in an email. “He is not guilty of any of the outlandish charges and the organization stands with Mr. Rhodes.”
SoRelle works in Granbury, Texas, outside Dallas, and is a former GOP candidate for the Texas House of Representatives. She is also connected to the Trump world, having served as counsel for Latinos for Trump and Blacks for Trump.
SoRelle was party to an outlandish lawsuit contesting 2020 election results up and down the ballot...
Above the Law
This isn’t the first time SoRelle has made news in connection with the 2020 election. She, along with fired associate general counsel and head of human resources at Goosehead Insurance Paul Davis, filed a lawsuit seeking to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election. The suit claimed it was “not a 2020 presidential election fraud lawsuit,” and alleged changes to election laws in advance of the 2020 election were in violation of the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) which resulted in civil rights violations. And it asked a federal judge to declare all actions of the new Congress — including certification of Joe Biden’s win and the second impeachment of Donald Trump — invalid.
Then the case teetered into Lord of the Rings territory. Oh, you’re not sure why a work of fiction would have a prominent place in a federal lawsuit? Well, that’s why this is so good. They filed an amended TRO motion using the completely fictional experiences of Gondor as precedent. While they case was ultimately dismissed, there was apparently a split amongst the plaintiffs regarding what strategy to pursue (though, tbh, none of them were winners).
She exchanged some utterly disgusting texts with Rhodes before the insurrection...
The Daily Beast
Oath Keeper founder Stewart Rhodes and the far-right militia group’s lawyer sent each other sexually explicit text messages in the days leading up to the Capitol Riot, federal prosecutors revealed on Monday.
“Speaking of fucking... if you need some come on over,” Rhodes texted general counsel Kellye SoRelle on Jan. 2, 2021, according to a message shown in court. “Maybe I’ll drag you into my hotel room and throw you on the bed then.”
SoRelle, in a text message shown in court, responded: “See that’s how I know you’re trouble. You’re too good at what you do. Whole bad boy thing. I am a damn moth to a [flame emoji]. I really am replaying my teenage years.”
SoRelle, who was a volunteer with Lawyers for Trump during the election, is accused in a separate case of conspiring to obstruct the Electoral College certification of Joe Biden’s victory and hiding and destroying evidence to obstruct the criminal investigation into the riots. Prosecutors in her case say that she was also in encrypted chats with other Oath Keepers.
She also posted shit online about the presiding judge...
Law & Crime
SoRelle has been charged with conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding, obstructing an official proceeding, entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds, and obstruction of justice by tampering with documents. According to the indictment, SoRelle urged an unidentified number of “other persons” to “withhold records, documents, and other objects” from a grand jury investigation into the Jan. 6 attack, and to “alter, destroy, mutilate, and conceal objects with intent to impair the objects’ integrity and availability for use in such a Grand Jury investigation.”
“The defendant has already posted memes about Your Honor,” Manzo told Mehta at Friday’s arraignment. He added that the social media posts were about not only her case but others. He also alleged that SoRelle has urged other people, through electronic means, to delete evidence relating to Jan. 6.
And testified before the January 6 Committee in front of a backdrop from the TV show Queer Eye...
During Tuesday’s House Select Committee hearing on the January 6 riot, we were introduced to Kellye SoRelle, a volunteer with Lawyers for Trump and general counsel to the right-wing militia group the Oath Keepers. In a prerecorded Zoom interview played by the panel, Sorelle said that conspiracy theorists Ali Alexander and Alex Jones “became, like, the center point for everything” involving the Stop the Steal rallies that preceded the breach of the Capitol.
Behind her was what appeared to be a lovely set of leather barstools, white marble counters, and a kitchen island with a welcome splash of color. Honestly — very nice. It was, as noted by Crooked Media’s Erin Ryan, a screenshot of the Kansas City loft that served as the home base to the cast of Queer Eye during season three. Bobby Berk styled the space with West Elm, and the photograph comes from Landon Vonderschmidt. SoRelle apparently liked it enough that she used it as her Zoom background. (Berk could not be reached for comment.)
Fortunately, she failed to gain public office in 2020...
Kellye SoRelle, a Texas attorney for the far-right militia group the Oath Keepers, has been indicted on four counts related to the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, according to federal prosecutors. She was arrested in Junction on Thursday morning.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia in part alleges SoRelle destroyed and hid potential evidence to obstruct the criminal investigation into the Capitol attack, indicting her on a charge of tampering with documents. She is also charged with conspiracy to obstruct and obstruction of Congress’ certification of President Joe Biden’s win during the 2020 elections, as well as being inside the Capitol during the insurrection.
SoRelle, a 43-year-old Granbury attorney who unsuccessfully ran to represent Texas House District 60 in the 2020 Republican primary, was with the Oath Keepers’ founder, Stewart Rhodes, outside the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, according to The Washington Post.
In May, SoRelle told CNN she was cooperating with the U.S. Department of Justice in the investigation, including handing over her cellphone to investigators. SoRelle does not represent any Oath Keepers in their criminal proceedings, CNN reported.
Then there’s this…
The FBI continues to seek the public’s assistance in identifying individuals who participated in unlawful conduct during the Capitol Insurrection. New images are added frequently...
If you have information about individuals who participated in the largest assault on police officers in U.S. history at the Capitol Riot on January 6th, call 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324) or leave a tip online at the FBI’s website.
If you just can’t get enough information about the terrorists who tried to usurp our democracy, then these links are for you…
Department of Justice Capitol Breach Cases
FBI US Capitol Violence Most Wanted
Insider Searchable Table
George Washington University Spreadsheet — Updated Daily
NPR — Updated Database
ProPublica Capitol Riot videos lifted from Parler
KUMU — Capitol Riot Insurrectionist Networks
Just Security — January 6th Clearinghouse
The Trace — Capitol Riot Gun Arrests
USA Today January 6 Capitol Riot Arrests
Sedition Hunters - Sedition Insiders Photo Gallery
Politico January 6 Insurrection Sentencing Tracker
I think I should add that as an attorney there’s a chance she might by playing the system...