Justice Department Indicts Six More Oath Keepers For Capitol Riot Crimes
The net keeps widening on the roundup of participants in the deadly Jan. 6 insurrectionist riot on Capitol Hill as the Department of Justice on Friday charged six more people suspected of being members of the self-proclaimed right-wing “militia” group the Oath Keepers.
The charges, filed in Federal District Court in Washington, accused Kelly Meggs, the self-described leader of the Oath Keepers’ Florida chapter, and his wife, Connie, of joining four other militia members, including a married couple from Ohio, in a “stack” of Oath Keepers who ascended a flight of stairs outside the Capitol and then breached the building. The group of six, court papers say, worked with three Oath Keepers who were charged last month: Thomas E. Caldwell, Jessica M. Watkins and Donovan Crowl.
The new, 21-page indictment against the nine Oath Keepers is the most significant evidence to date that far-right extremists worked in advance to try to prevent Congress from certifying President Biden’s victory on Jan. 6 and help Donald Trump stay in power. The indictment alleges that the defendants “did knowingly combine, conspire, confederate, and agree with each other and others known and unknown” to force entry to the Capitol and obstruct Congress from certifying the election of president-elect Joe Biden in riots that led to five deaths and assaults on 139 police.
In late December, prosecutors say, Meggs, 52, referred on Facebook to a tweet in which Trump predicted that a rally in Washington on Jan. 6 to protest the results of the election would be “wild.” “He wants us to make it WILD that’s what he’s saying,” Meggs wrote in his Facebook post. “He called us all to the Capitol and wants us to make it wild!!! Sir Yes Sir!!! Gentlemen we are heading to DC.”