Facebook Chats Confirm Oath Keepers, Proud Boys Riot Coordination

Kelly Meggs, the leader of the anti-government paramilitary group Oath Keepers coordinated an armed action plan with the Proud Boys and other extremist groups for how they would work together at what turned into an insurrectionist riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. Facebook chat records are contained in a new court filing late Tuesday by federal prosecutors.

The new allegations about Meggs and the Proud Boys are the first time that prosecutors have publicly linked the two far-right groups. It’s believed the Justice Department is working to build a criminal conspiracy case against the Oath Keepers and Proud Boys for their actions during the deadly riot.

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In a Dec. 19 message Meggs wrote, “Well we are ready for the rioters,” an apparent reference to the so-called Antifa. “This week I have organized an alliance between Oath Keepers, Florida 3%ers, and Proud Boys. We have decided to work together and shut this s*** down.” Then on Dec. 22 he discussed having 50 to 100 Oath Keepers in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 6, adding “Plus we have made contact with PB and they always have a big group. Force multiplier.”

On Christmas Meggs messaged another person, whose name prosecutors redacted, regarding the hotel his group would be staying in and advising the recipient who inquired about the “list of gear and attire” needed. Meggs responded, “Dc is no guns. So mace and gas masks, some batons. If you have armor that’s good. During the day it’s kind of boring but when it starts getting dark Game on.”

The Justice Department also said in the filing it now also has credit card records of Meggs paying for four D.C.-area hotel rooms from Jan. 5 to Jan. 7, and online meeting records that show him holding D.C. planning sessions.

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