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Friday, September 10, 2021

The FBI seized an iPhone this week from a Texas attorney who volunteered for Lawyers for Trump and served as general counsel for the far-right Oath Keepers organization, and a search warrant indicates the seizure is part of an investigation into "seditious conspiracy."



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Kellye SoRelle, who was on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, told HuffPost that the FBI took her phone and presented her with a search warrant. SoRelle is closely associated with Stewart Rhodes, the founder of the Oath Keepers, who has repeatedly come up in a broader Jan. 6 case.

Most notably, the search warrant also refers to 18 U.S. Code 2384: the "seditious conspiracy" charge. The charge makes it unlawful for two or more persons to "conspire to overthrow, put down, or to destroy by force the Government of the United States, or to levy war against them, or to oppose by force the authority thereof, or by force to prevent, hinder, or delay the execution of any law of the United States, or by force to seize, take, or possess any property of the United States contrary to the authority thereof."

Seditious conspiracy had been discussed as a potential charge in connection with the Jan. 6 Capitol attack, but no defendants have faced that charge to this point.

Executing a search warrant against a lawyer triggers protocols within the Justice Department, and the move to seize SoRelle's phone would have required approval from high-ranking officials at the DOJ.

Maybe Merrick Garland isn't completely feckless afterall. Who knew?

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2021-09-09 09:13 PM | Reply

Just ordered a 48 pack of popcorn from Amazon.

#2 | Posted by bored at 2021-09-09 09:44 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

So is she like, in more deep ----, than the Texas real-estate gal?

#3 | Posted by schifferbrains at 2021-09-09 10:29 PM | Reply

Do they get to unlock the phone?

#4 | Posted by REDIAL at 2021-09-09 10:40 PM | Reply

The password was "1111"

#5 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2021-09-10 07:01 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

Seditious conspiracy? Has the sound of many years to it.

#6 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2021-09-10 07:43 AM | Reply

Now it's interesting because Lawyer-Client work product usually protects communications between parties.

However if in Rhodes phone they found them conspiring to commit crimes, then there is no privilege.

Sounds like the lawyer was involved in plotting crimes. Not a good look.

#7 | Posted by Nixon at 2021-09-10 10:45 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

A sedition trial is coming for hundreds.

#8 | Posted by Tor at 2021-09-10 11:37 AM | Reply

I was going to say if she were smart, she would have shredded her phone like Brady did in deflategate.

But by engaging in a conspiracy to commit sedition she already proved that ship sailed long ago.

#9 | Posted by Nixon at 2021-09-10 12:08 PM | Reply

"No one can be deemed legitimate at this point," SoRelle said. "Any action taken by any elected official at this point is illegitimate, is theft... We have no duty to comply going forward."

Sounds like she studied sedition and had to become a lawyer to do it.

#10 | Posted by LesWit at 2021-09-10 12:53 PM | Reply

The Feds were looking for something other than text and call records, all of which can be easily obtained from the telecom carrier (I've seen such presented in court). They must have wanted files, photos, saved voicemail or other items stored on the device or in an account accessed through that device. This lady is not much of a lawyer to be walking around with info that could incriminate her or her clients and/or their associates. Conviction for sedition can bring a minimum of five years in prison and $10,000 fine. Just sayin'...

#11 | Posted by catdog at 2021-09-10 01:37 PM | Reply

The problem, especially for younger people, is that cell phones are so convenient that people store all sorts of sensitive information on them not realizing how potentially vulnerable that can make them. Any drug dealer who carries out his business via text message or cell phone is just asking to get convicted. Any businessman who conducts questionable transactions that way is equally stupid. As a public defender I have seen hundreds of cases where the main evidence against the suspect is the contents of their cell phone. For goodness sakes, if you are going to do something stupid or illegal, don't do it with a cell phone. There is no privacy. (To say nothing about being VERY cautious about what you post on-line.)

#12 | Posted by moder8 at 2021-09-10 01:48 PM | Reply

Any drug dealer that doesn't use a burner deserves his fate.

#13 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2021-09-11 07:56 AM | Reply

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