The Oath Keepers trial was seen as a litmus test for another case against a far-right group, the Proud Boys.

The all-male group describes itself as “Western chauvinists” and is associated with white supremacy, anti-immigration sentiment and misogyny.

On January 6, members of the Proud Boys were among those that stormed the US Capitol, though its leader, Enrique Tarrio, was not present.

He had been barred from entering Washington, DC as a condition of his bail, after being arrested for vandalising a Black Lives Matter banner.

Still, Department of Justice prosecutors have alleged he played an active role behind the scenes during the Capitol attack,

encouraging his followers to subvert the democratic process and halt the peaceful transfer of power.

Tarrio faces seditious conspiracy charges alongside four other members: Joseph Biggs, Ethan Nordean, Zachary Rehl and Dominic Pezzola.