Oath Keepers Guarded Stone, Then Rioted in Capitol
Convicted felon Roger Stone posted a statement online four days ago saying that he has seen “no evidence whatsoever of illegal activity by any members” of his bodyguard Oath Keepers during the Jan. 6 insurrectionist riot at the U.S. Capitol. If there were proof, he said, “they should be prosecuted.” Stone may want to take a look at today’s New York Times.
The paper on Sunday published photographic proof that at least six of the members of the far-right anti-government group who served as his personal bodyguards on Jan. 5 and 6 were among the thousands of domestic terrorists who invaded the Capitol in an effort to stop certification of the Electoral College presidential vote.
Reporters combed through hundreds of videos and photos and relied on research from the online monitoring group Capitol Terrorists Exposers to follow the movements of Oath Keepers who were at Stone’s side during those two days in early January. It identified six Oath Keepers who provided Stone, Donald Trump’s long-time friend and self-proclaimed “dirty trickster” political operative, with security as he made multiple appearances in Washington, D.C., in support of Trump’s baseless claims of election fraud. At a rally near the White House on the evening of Jan. 5 Stone told the crowd, “We will win this fight or America will step off into a thousand years of darkness.”
The next day the same individuals who served as his bodyguards are seen on video near one of the entrances to the Capitol, screaming at and taunting Capitol Police officers. They are later seen inside the building in hallways.
Federal law enforcement authorities have brought criminal conspiracy charges against several Oath Keepers in connection with their roles in the insurrection and reportedly are looking at what role Stone may have had in planning the attack.