The charges in the Capitol insurrection attempt in January range from mere trespassing to assault on police officers and conspiracy. Today, one more Oath Keepers member is expected to plead guilty to the conspiracy charges, though it’s not yet clear if he’ll be working with prosecutors to bring down co-conspirators.
NBC4 correspondent Scott McFarlane shared a portion of the newly-unsealed indictment on Twitter Tuesday morning, hours ahead of the afternoon hearing in which Caleb Berry is expected to plead guilty to conspiracy to interfere with the certification of the electoral vote in the 2020 election.
Feds allege Berry was also part of the military stack used to breach police line pic.twitter.com/GIiBFSzsqO
— Scott MacFarlane (@MacFarlaneNews) July 20, 2021
As seen in the document, Berry and others are accused of planning the attack, meeting with others to share paramilitary tactics to use in the attack, bringing gear including firearms and body armor, and using military tactics to breach the police line and get through barriers into the Capitol building.
One thing that is clear is that many more Oath Keepers are waiting their turns to face the same or similar charges. The Justice Department shared early in June that one conspiracy case alone named sixteen Oath Keeper defendants.
Oath Keepers also aren’t the only group facing scrutiny — according to the Washington Post, there have also been conspiracy charges leveled against a group of alleged members of the Three Percenters.
Law enforcement has found evidence of advance planning for the attack on social media, including maps of the tunnels that run beneath the Capitol Building and other buildings in D.C., and plans to stash weapons off-site for the insurrection attempt.
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