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Oath Keeper Jessica Watkins changes story about Trump rally role

Oath Keeper Jessica Watkins changes story about Trump rally role

2/23/2021 1:40:00 PM

Oath Keeper Jessica Watkins changes story about Trump rally role

Lawyers for the Capitol riot suspect previously claimed she was only there to provide security and even met with federal law enforcement agents.

Jessica Watkins, 38, ofChampaignCounty, Ohio, is facing a numberof charges in connection to the insurrection including conspiracy and aiding the destruction of property, along with eight other members of the far-right militia group.Over the weekend, her attorney claimed that she was present in the capital that day not as an insurrectionist, but to provide security for those speaking at the pro-Donald Trump rally beforehand and to"provide escort for the legislators and others to march to the Capitol

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as directed by the then President."Her lawyers also claimed that she was given a"VIP pass" to the January 6 rally and"met" with Secret Service agents.After the original claim made headline news, her federal public defender filed a"clarification" motion and denied that she was sanctioned to work as security in any official way by the Secret Service.

"Counsel apologizes for being less than clear on a couple of points raised in the original motion," the new filing states."Counsel in no way meant to imply that Ms. Watkins met with the Secret Service. A better verb would have been 'encountered.'

"Ms. Watkins spoke with Secret Service members early in the day when she was coming through the check in point for the VIP area," the motion adds."The point counsel was attempting to make was that she encountered law enforcement, including Secret Service officer on her way to providing security for the rally. She was given directives about things she could and could not do, including directions to leave all tactical gear outside of the VIP area, and she

abidedby all of those directives."Ms. Watkins does not suggest that she has any direct knowledge that her role as security was sanctioned by anyone other than people involved in organizing the rally. She certainly did not mean to suggest that she was hired by the U.S. Secret Service to perform security."

A Secret Service spokesperson previously said in a statement to CNN:"To carry out its protective functions on January 6th, the U.S. Secret Service relied on the assistance of various government partners. Any assertion that the Secret Service employed private citizens to perform those functions is false."

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Get a real job Jessica If you attempt to overthrow our democracy and fail,why should you be afforded the privileges of that democracy ( I.e my tax dollars)? “her federal public defender “ She is a liar don't trust ANYTHING she says! Guilty change stories