Oath Keepers Cached Weapons for Jan. 6 Capitol Attack, Prosecutors Say

Members of the Oath Keepers had weapons stashed at the Comfort Inn in Arlington, Va., ready to pass on to the Jan. 6 Capitol rioters, prosecutors say in documents detailing charges of seditious conspiracy

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1/20/2022 6:45:00 PM

Members of the Oath Keepers had weapons stashed at the Comfort Inn in Arlington, Va., ready to pass on to the Jan. 6 Capitol rioters, prosecutors say in documents detailing charges of seditious conspiracy

The right-wing Oath Keepers militia group was prepared to move a stash of firearms and equipment from a Virginia hotel to rioters on Jan. 6, prosecutors said, painting the most detailed portrait yet of the planning the group’s members allegedly undertook as they tried to stop certification of President Biden’s 2020 election win.

in power.“I think Congress will screw him [President Trump] over. The only chance we/he has is if we scare the shit out of them and convince them it will be torches and pitchforks time [if] they don’t do the right thing,” Mr. Rhodes told the other Oath Keepers as they made plans for Jan. 6, the indictment alleged.

An attorney for Mr. Rhodes, Jonathon Moseley, said Thursday that his case appeared to be “more public relations than anything else.” He said prosecutors had obtained the social-media posts that appear in new charging documents months earlier, and were simply adding a new legal theory to existing evidence.

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FBI fake. Why are 52 Senators so obedient to Republican leader McConnell? What are they afraid of? Maybe they need to keep a tight hold on power, control because they have secrets to protect? Why else would they vote against fair laws that weed out corruption, dark money? I thought there were no weapons?

Alternate headline: Oath Keepers didn't bring weapons to 1/6 Kkkonservatism is the kkkonfederacy. This is the greatest question for me, what happened with these weapons. Did they simply forget them, did they feel it could be accomplished without them, did someone talk them away from the idea. Damn shame they didn't pass them out

Prosecutors reveal new details of alleged Jan. 6 plotting by Oath KeepersThe Justice Department in a new court filing have revealed even more details behind the Oath Keepers' alleged plotting in advance of the Jan. 6 insurrection. facts say no weapon, no murder attempts. but to invent «evil plans» accusers can eternally. they show weaponless protest as terr act, protesters as terrorists and will use these false accusation to leave them in prisons for many decades. for protest against corrupted state power Charade is over America. WashingtonDC: Capitol. EdwardVallejo oathkeepers. Vallejo was just outside the range of the Capitol. Vallejo was part of the QuickReactionTeam Vallejo would drive in with Guns and Ammo. Lawrence Maddow.

Opinion | Oath Keepers indictment suggests DOJ is sitting on searing Jan. 6 evidenceThe most interesting aspect from the Oath Keepers sedition indictments isn't who has been charged — but who might be charged next, BarbMcQuade writes. BarbMcQuade Democrats hell. Covid. Crime border poverty. Prices. Ignored BarbMcQuade Outrage! MAGA riot convicts get less jail than non-violent drug users BarbMcQuade Accused of what? who has been accused of sedition? and how old was his sentence?

Oath Keeper Returned to Capitol Morning After Riot to ‘Probe Defense Line,’ Prosecutors SayHe returned to the scene next morning for 'recon' as Congress was completing its delayed election certification, according to court documents “He and other members of a ‘quick reaction force’ he led were apparently also prepared to wage battle in the city for weeks. Ahead of the Jan. 6 riot, Vallejo and others ‘wheeled in bags and large bins of weapons, ammunition, and essential supplies to last 30 days.”

A leaked Oath Keepers list names 20 current military members. The Pentagon could have prevented this.At least 20 members of the U.S. military signed up for the extremist, anti-government Oath Keepers, according to a hacked list shared with reporters.

Prosecutors reveal new details of alleged Jan. 6 plotting by Oath KeepersThe Justice Department in a new court filing have revealed even more details behind the Oath Keepers' alleged plotting in advance of the Jan. 6 insurrection. facts say no weapon, no murder attempts. but to invent «evil plans» accusers can eternally. they show weaponless protest as terr act, protesters as terrorists and will use these false accusation to leave them in prisons for many decades. for protest against corrupted state power Charade is over America. WashingtonDC: Capitol. EdwardVallejo oathkeepers. Vallejo was just outside the range of the Capitol. Vallejo was part of the QuickReactionTeam Vallejo would drive in with Guns and Ammo. Lawrence Maddow.

Oath Keeper Returned to Capitol Morning After Riot to ‘Probe Defense Line,’ Prosecutors SayHe returned to the scene next morning for 'recon' as Congress was completing its delayed election certification, according to court documents “He and other members of a ‘quick reaction force’ he led were apparently also prepared to wage battle in the city for weeks. Ahead of the Jan. 6 riot, Vallejo and others ‘wheeled in bags and large bins of weapons, ammunition, and essential supplies to last 30 days.”

Donald Trump in power. “I think Congress will screw him [President Trump] over. The only chance we/he has is if we scare the shit out of them and convince them it will be torches and pitchforks time [if] they don’t do the right thing,” Mr. Rhodes told the other Oath Keepers as they made plans for Jan. 6, the indictment alleged. An attorney for Mr. Rhodes, Jonathon Moseley, said Thursday that his case appeared to be “more public relations than anything else.” He said prosecutors had obtained the social-media posts that appear in new charging documents months earlier, and were simply adding a new legal theory to existing evidence. “Other than the fact that Stewart Rhodes bought some guns, I don’t see any new allegations of fact,” Mr. Moseley said. “That makes me think they are just responding to congressional criticism, it’s not like they found something new.” In Mr. Vallejo’s detention memo, prosecutors said that on Jan. 5, one team from Florida dropped off “at least three luggage carts’ worth of gun boxes, rifle cases, and suitcases filled with ammunition” for the quick reaction force. A second, from North Carolina, had rifles ready to go in a vehicle parked in the hotel lot a few miles from the Capitol. Mr. Vallejo and other members of the Arizona team “wheeled in bags and large bins” with the ammunition and supplies, prosecutors said, citing hotel security-camera footage of the men moving the luggage near an elevator. Earlier In an address to the nation on the anniversary of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, President Biden accused former President Donald Trump of spreading a “web of lies” about the 2020 election. Photo: Michael Reynolds/Pool via Reuters The next day, as many of the other Oath Keepers allegedly breached the Capitol in military formation, Mr. Vallejo remained at the hotel, telling his comrades via the encrypted messaging service Signal he had two trucks on standby and they just had to “say the word,” according to the indictment and detention memo. At 2:24 p.m., it states, just as lawmakers were being evacuated from their chambers, Mr. Vallejo messaged: “Vallejo back at hotel and outfitted. Have 2 trucks available. Let me know how I can assist,” adding 14 minutes later: “QRF standing by at hotel. Just say the word…” Two others earlier charged in the same case pleaded guilty to conspiracy and obstruction last year, admitting they coordinated with others affiliated with the Oath Keepers on plans for Jan. 6, and used a military formation to push their way into the Capitol. One admitted to depositing an M4 rifle at the Comfort Inn hotel. The two men, Graydon Young and Jason Dolan, both agreed to cooperate in the continuing investigation, and face potentially more than five years in prison. Some other alleged members of the group, including Virginia man Thomas Caldwell, who served in the U.S. Navy, and a former U.S. Army infantryman, Jessica Watkins, were among the first to be arrested after the riot, and accused of developing a military-style plan to breach the Capitol. They have both pleaded not guilty, and now face the additional charge of seditious conspiracy. Prosecutors earlier accused Mr. Caldwell of discussing a plan to station a boatful of “weps,” or weapons, across the Potomac River from Washington as part of a quick reaction force. Mr. Caldwell said last year the messages were “taken out of context,” and his lawyer described the “quick reaction force” as one person in his late 60s with health issues, who was given the assignment as a way to “humor the old man.” Mr. Caldwell and others have described the surge at the Capitol as spontaneous rather than the result of any premeditated plan. SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS How should people who participated in the Jan. 6 riot be held accountable? Join the conversation below. But in the new indictment, in which both Mr. Caldwell and Ms. Watkins are named, and the accompanying detention memo for Mr. Vallejo filed this week, prosecutors described evidence that Mr. Rhodes had purchased more than $15,000 of firearms and related supplies in the days before the riot, including an “AR-platform rifle, sights, mounts, triggers, slings and additional firearms attachments” while he traveled to Washington, D.C., from Texas on Jan. 3. After the riot, Messrs. Rhodes and Vallejo continued to plot to try to thwart Mr. Biden’s inauguration, prosecutors said. In a Dec. 30, 2021, post prosecutors cited in their detention memo, Mr. Vallejo retweeted a message describing Jan. 6 as “just a peaceful protest.” “There was NO INSURRECTION,”