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Prosecutors: Oath Keepers likely stashed guns at Comfort Inn before Capitol riot

Posted by / April 14, 2021

Federal prosecutors have said that members of the Oath Keepers likely stored weapons at a Comfort Inn in Arlington, Virginia before the Capitol riots in order to ready rapid response teams for the insurrection.

The alleged leader of the paramilitary group the Oath Keepers was in contact with the Proud Boys and similar groups before the Capitol riots, according to a court filing.

Last week, four Proud Boys leaders in 4 states have been charged with involvement in the Capitol riots, part of a federal crackdown on the group. Now, those four leaders have been indicted on conspiracy charges.

Earlier this week, a total of 10 Oath Keepers have been indicted in the January 6 riots, and prosecutors have suggested that there are more to come.

U.S. prosecutors have claimed that the Oath Keepers founder, Stewart Rhodes, was in contact with rioters before, during, and after the Capitol riots, suggesting he was directing their activities.

Additionally, an FBI investigation has uncovered communication between a Proud Boys member and an associate in the Trump White House in the days before the January 6. This is in addition to the contact between Roger Stone and a Proud Boys leader.

The FBI has called the January 6 riots at the Capitol domestic terrorism. Nevertheless, the agency stopped short of blaming a single group or ideology for the attack, since there were several different of each involved.

The union backing the Capitol Police Department has revealed that many retirement-age officers are ready to put in their papers, while younger officers are looking to change departments or even careers. These police officers cite failures of leadership that put them in danger on January 6, and they have reason to be concerned that future failures of leadership, especially during dangerous moments, might endanger them again.

The police chief for the U.S. Capitol has argued for additional law enforcement presence through Biden’s State of the Union, warning of far right-militia plots to blow the building up.

Members of a far-right militia group called the Oath Keepers have been arrested for their role in the Capitol riots. The group prepared before the riots, including training in military-style tactics.

Last week, five people linked with the jingoistic Proud Boys group were arrested on conspiracy charges for the the Capitol riots. Two Virginia police officers have been suspended after being charged with participating in the January 6 Capitol riots. Sergeant Thomas Robertson and Officer Jacob Fracker, officers with Rocky Mount Police Department in Virginia were arrested after photographs appeared of them in the Capitol.

Garret Miller of Texas, one of the Capitol rioters, has been charged with threatening to assassinate progressive darling Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

The infamous “Zip Tie Guy,” meaning the guy who brought zip ties to the Capitol riots, had a stash of weapons at his home––including a sniper rifle.

Among the other ding-dongs arrested:a 22-year-old Pennsylvania woman, allegedly one of the Capitol rioters, planned to steal a laptop from Nancy Pelosi’s office and then sell it to Russian Intelligence.

The Confederate Flag man photographed at the Capitol has been arrested, as well as the man who threw a fire extinguisher at police.

U.S. acting Attorney Michael Sherwin has said that 70 people have already been charged with the Capitol riots, and the FBI has opened 160 more (so far).

Two Capitol police have been suspended and another arrested for their conduct during the recent riots, and another 10-15 are under investigation. One of the suspended officers went viral for taking selfies with rioters.

 

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