Oath Keeper is accused of bringing explosives into DC for January 6th

US prosecutors on Friday filed new allegations against the Oath Keepers leader and alleged members charged with seditious conspiracy in the January 6, 2021 Capitol attack – The accused kept a “death list” using the name of a Georgian election official.

The allegations came days before the House Jan. 6 committee is scheduled to hold its next hearing Tuesday, at which it will examine ties between extremist groups accused of playing a key role in the Capitol violence and the former president’s efforts Donald Trump to overthrow the 2020 election to be investigated through false allegations of voter fraud.

In a 28-page filing, prosecutors said a January 19, 2021, law enforcement search found a document in the home of accused co-defendant Thomas Caldwell, a retired Navy Intelligence officer from Berryville, Virginia, which had the words “DEATH LIST.” , which is handwritten at the top with the names of a Georgia election official and a suspected family member the official. Both were the target of baseless allegations of involvement in voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election, prosecutors said.

“Caldwell’s creation and maintenance of a ‘death list’ containing officials involved in the presidential election process – concurrent with his preparation to travel to Washington, DC – illustrates his actions during the alleged conspiracy and intent to violently resist the transfer of power,” wrote Assistant US Attorney Troy A. Edwards Jr. of Washington, referring to the seditious conspiracy charges against Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes and eight others, including Caldwell.

On Friday evening, Caldwell’s attorney, David Fischer, delivered a negative statement from his client the allegation prosecutors first made in February 2021 while pleading Caldwell’s pre-trial detention. A judge has since granted Caldwell a conditional release.

“The Justice Department’s claim that I intended to murder poll workers is an absolute, 100% repugnant lie. Unfortunately, by hiding behind protective orders, the DOJ has withheld from the public the evidence exonerating me,” the statement said.

Separately, Edwards said the government has evidence that members of the Florida and Arizona group allegedly planted semi-automatic rifles and other weapons at a Washington suburb hotel, while a third team from North Carolina carried their firearms in a vehicle on the Parking “ready to drive” held a lot.

The prosecutor alleged that another of Rhodes’ co-defendants, alleged Florida “head of state” Kelly Meggs, told a co-defendant who pleaded guilty in a cooperation agreement with the government that another member of the group from Florida, Jeremy Brown, who came to Washington with explosives in his recreational vehicle, which he left parked in College Park, Md. Brown, who pled not guilty to the January 6 misdemeanor, is charged not with seditious conspiracy, but with described by prosecutors as an “uncharged accomplice”. conspirators.”

The government is said to have confiscated weapons last September von Brown, including two illegal short-barreled firearms from his Tampa home and military-grade grenades from “the same RV that Brown traveled to Washington, DC in on Jan. 6,” the prosecutor alleged.

The on-call attorney for Brown — a retired Special Forces soldier and former congressional candidate who is defending himself but was jailed in Florida on separate federal weapons charges — did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The latest US allegations were included in a court filing required as prosecutors attempt to present derogatory evidence not directly related to their alleged crimes at the Oath Keepers’ trial scheduled for September 26. Federal criminal statutes typically prohibit such irrelevant material, but make an exception for relevant information purporting to show motive or intent for a broader charged conspiracy or is otherwise “intrinsic” to a case.

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Prosecutors alleged that the defendants face charges of conspiracy to corruptly obstruct Congressional ratification of the 2020 election results and to forcibly swear in President Biden. Indictment papers allege that the group coordinated travel, equipment and firearms and hid weapons outside of Washington, ready to “answer Rhodes’ call to take up arms at Rhodes’ direction.”

“Caldwell’s trips to Washington, DC, for January 6, as his testimonies show, were informed by a belief that the election was fraudulent and that the lawful transfer of power to the President must be thwarted by force. His writings, aimed at campaign workers, are directly relevant to this point,” Edwards said.

Edwards added: “Brown’s testimonies, firearms and explosives, are inherent in the accused co-conspirators’ offense because they are concurrent, direct evidence of the manner and means used by the co-conspirators to further the goals of the accused conspiracy. “

In plea papers, three Oath Keepers defendants, who have pleaded guilty to seditious conspiracy charges, admitted to allegations that they were part of a group who forced entry through the Rotunda doors after marching up the steps in a row in a pile and wore camouflage vests, helmets, goggles and insignia of the Oathkeepers. They confirmed that some rifles previously held at a hotel in Ballston and one in Vienna were brought to Washington.

Rhodes, Caldwell and the other co-defendants have pleaded not guilty. Rhodes said in a March 2021 Washington Post interview that there was no plan to breach the Capitol. He said the group had firearms stationed in Northern Virginia in case they were needed as a “rapid reaction force” if Trump invoked the Insurrection Act and mobilized armed groups to keep himself in office. Rhodes’ lawyer declined to comment on the government’s latest allegations Friday night.

The attack on the Capitol came after a rally outside the White House where Trump urged his supporters to march to Congress. The rioters injured scores of police officers and ransacked the Capitol’s offices, bringing proceedings to a halt when lawmakers were evacuated from the home.

Separately, an attorney for Rhodes said he contacted the House Jan. 6 Committee earlier Friday and offered to testify before him on the condition that he be allowed to appear live, in person and unedited, not from the prison where he is being held on remand.

Rhodes “is not interested in any games,” said attorney Lee Bright, and would discuss his group’s activities in the last election and on Jan. 6, waiving his Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination. Bright said the committee was apparently considering Rhodes’ terms, which recognized as a practical matter that such an appearance would likely be a court order from the judge, input from prosecutors in his criminal case, and promotion from the US Marshals Service.

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