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Senate investigation reveals the Capitol riot “planned in plain sight”

Posted by / June 10, 2021

The infamous “Zip Tie Guy” has been indicted for his role in the Capitol riots. Apparently, had a stash of weapons at his home––including a sniper rifleFour more Oath Keepers have been indicted for participating in the Capitol storming. According to the charges, the Oath Keepers were hoping that Antiafa would show up, which would give Trump an excuse to declare martial law.

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 filingU.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.

 

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