[WATCH] Oath Keepers Appear In Court to Face Jan 6th Charges
Even as the Republicans are working overtime to rewrite the history of the January 6th insurrection and voting down the bipartisan committee to investigate just how the events took place, several members of the right-wing militia group the Oath Keepers appeared in court to face charges stemming from their actions that day.
The Justice Department has added four new defendants to the federal criminal conspiracy case against Oath Keepers who allegedly prepared for and took part in the US Capitol riot, according to a new indictment made public in DC District Court on Sunday. The case is the largest against any of the far-right extremist groups that participated in the pro-Trump siege on January 6th. Prosecutors have gradually built out the case almost weekly, dropping additional details of how the group allegedly brought guns to a hotel in Virginia to back them up on January 6th and communicated during the insurrection.
The Oath Keeper defendants are all accused of taking part in the conspiracy as well as entering the restricted grounds of the Capitol. One allegedly yelled, “The fight’s not over” once the Oath Keepers group had gotten inside the building, and waved rioters down the hallway toward the Senate, according to the indictment.
ALERT: Defendants accused of being part of Oathkeepers … and the "military stack" that breached the US Capitol on January 6… are scheduled for DC court hearing at 10am pic.twitter.com/tFTCXhUkVU
— Scott MacFarlane (@MacFarlaneNews) June 1, 2021
In the new charging document, five of the previously named defendants now face additional charges for allegedly deleting their social media or cell phone activity.
So the oath keepers were planning the insurrection & taking orders from Trump/Stone & cowardly traitors like @LeaderMcConnell, @LindseyGrahamSC & the rest of the GQP don't want a 1/6 commission. That's all you need to know about the current GQP. @laurenboebert @GOPLeader
— John Melendez (@stutteringjohnm) May 31, 2021
All Oath Keepers that have gone before a district judge in Washington, DC, so far in this case have pleaded not guilty. Prosecutors more than a month ago flipped a cooperator who was charged in a separate Capitol riot case and had deep ties to the group.
MSNBC’s Craig Melvin covered the court case on MSNBC on Tuesday, watch the segment below.