After the attack on the U.S. Capitol Building on January 6th, 2021, Federal forces made every possible effort to protect Congress, D.C. residents, and the incoming Administration against further attacks. Right-wing politicians and provocateurs mocked the safety measures that were taken around the inauguration of Joe Biden, which was carried out successfully and relatively uneventfully. New filings show that there were valid reasons for concern, though.
According to Politico, new filings in the case of Ed Vallejo, one of the Oath Keepers charged with seditious conspiracy in the attack on the Capitol, reveal chilling allegations. Vallejo and others are accused of setting up three ‘quick reaction teams’ that were prepared with a month’s worth of weapons, ammunition, and supplies, to descend on the Capitol. The QRTs were not deployed, the filing alleges, only because the mob was able to enter the Capitol Building without the additional support.
That’s not all, though. A copy of the filing available at Court Listener shows even more horrors were in the works for inauguration day.
Messages sent from Vallejo to others in the “DC OP: Jan 6 21” chat group advised, “Patriots entering their own Capitol to send a message to the traitors is NOTHING compared to what’s coming.”
That wasn’t all — the message went on to suggest that the group would descend upon the Capitol again the morning of January 7th, and referred to “after action reports” being dated on January 21st — that is, indicating that there would be further “action” on January 20th, the day of Biden’s inauguration.
Further information in the document suggests that conspirators continued to stockpile weapons for January 20th “action,” and discussed “Civil War 2.0” on January 20th.
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