Tag Archives: Oath Keepers

WSJ: Oath Keepers Are “Splintering” In Wake Of Riot

The Wall Street Journal reports: The far-right group the Oath Keepers is splintering after board members accused the founder of spending its money on hair dye, steaks and guns.  In interviews, a half-dozen current or former Oath Keepers board directors and other members accused their founder, Mr. Rhodes, of misusing dues and donations for personal expenses. Four board members quit …

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Prosecutors Cite Gateway Pundit Interview In Bid To Keep Alleged Oath Keeper Riot Suspect Jailed Until Trial

And the hits just keep coming: Federal prosecutors argued in court papers on Tuesday that a magistrate judge was wrong to allow a a 20-year Marine veteran charged in the Oath Keepers conspiracy case to get out of jail ahead of trial. The government argued that 44-year-old Jason Dolan — a Marine marksmanship instructor for a decade — is too …

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Trump Lawyer To Defend Oath Keeper On Riot Charges

Law & Crime reports: Longtime Philadelphia personal injury attorney Michael T. van der Veen, who was added to Trump’s impeachment defense team in February, on Monday filed a motion to appear pro hac vice in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on behalf of 44-year-old Jason Dolan, a 20-year Marine veteran. Charging documents allege that Dolan was …

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Four More Oath Keepers Indicted In Capitol Insurrection

The Washington Post reports: Four more Oath Keepers associates have been indicted and three were arrested in Florida in recent days in the Jan. 6 breach of the U.S. Capitol, bringing the number of co-defendants charged in the largest conspiracy case from that day to 16, court records show. Joseph Hackett, 51, of Sarasota, Fla., Jason Dolan, 44, of Wellington, …

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Militia Claims First Amendment Rights In Riot Lawsuit

The Washington Post reports: Lawyers for the Oath Keepers urged a federal judge Wednesday to toss out a lawsuit accusing the group, former president Donald Trump, lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani and another far-right organization of inciting the Jan. 6 storming of the Capitol, calling its actions a form of peaceful political protest protected by the First Amendment. The Oath Keepers …

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Alleged NJ Oath Keeper Arrested In Capitol Riot

NBC New York reports: Prosecutors have charged another New Jersey man in connection with the Capitol Riot on Jan 6. – this one an alleged member of the Oath Keepers group who reportedly planned their involvement weeks in advance. James Breheny of Little Ferry was arrested Thursday on several federal charges for his breach of the U.S. Capitol and attempts …

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Oath Keeper Boasts: Active Duty Cops Are Training Us

The Daily Beast reports: CBS News’ 60 Minutes profiled the the increasingly notorious militia on Sunday night, and one of its leaders from Arizona, Jim Arroyo, spoke openly about the close involvement of police officers. “Our guys are very experienced,” said Arroyo. “We have active-duty law enforcement in our organization that are helping to train us. We can blend in …

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Oath Keeper Who Hunted Pelosi In Capitol Denied Bail

Orlando’s CBS News affiliate reports: A federal judge ruled a Titusville man will stay in jail until his trial on charges that he conspired with others to storm the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. Kenneth Harrelson’s attorney had asked the judge to grant Harrelson bond after he was denied the change to leave jail by a federal magistrate in Orlando …

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Feds: Militia Stashed Weapons At Hotel Outside DC

Politico reports: Members of the Oath Keepers, the paramilitary extremists who played a central role in storming the Capitol on Jan. 6, appeared to stash firearms at a Comfort Inn in Arlington, Va., prosecutors indicated in a late Monday court filing. The Justice Department has long pointed to private messages shared by Oath Keepers leaders alluding to a so-called quick …

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Local GOP Backs Alleged Oath Keeper For NJ Assembly

Gothamist reports: On January 6th, Edward Durfee donned a radio earpiece and an “Oath Keepers New Jersey” cap as he worked a security detail outside the U.S. Capitol for the far-right Oath Keepers, whose members are now fingered by the feds for conspiring to violently stop the Electoral College vote count that would certify Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 …

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Capitol Riot Defendant Flips Against Proud Boys

ABC News reports: At least one of the Capitol riot defendants has flipped against the Proud Boys, agreeing to provide information that could allow the Justice Department to bring a more severe charge against the group’s leadership, according to an attorney involved in the case. The development is the first indication that people charged in the insurrection are cooperating against …

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Feds: Oath Keepers Founder Took 19 Calls During Riot

The Washington Post reports: Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes, his deputy and three members who guarded Roger Stone exchanged nearly 20 phone calls over three hours on Jan. 6, coinciding with the first assault on police barricades protecting the U.S. Capitol and spanning the time the three members breached the building, prosecutors charged Thursday. In a new indictment adding previously …

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Stone’s Militia Bodyguards Charged With Conspiracy

Via press release from the Justice Department: Two individuals associated with the Oath Keepers, a large but loosely organized collection of individuals who explicitly focus on the recruitment of current and former military, law enforcement and first responder personnel, were indicted yesterday in federal court in the District of Columbia for conspiring to obstruct Congress, among other charges. Joshua James, …

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Prosecutors Build Conspiracy Cases In US Capitol Riot: Proud Boys And Oath Keepers Coordinated Their Efforts

CNN reports: A leader among the paramilitary group the Oath Keepers said he was coordinating with the Proud Boys about how their members would work together at the US Capitol on January 6, according to a new court filing from prosecutors late Tuesday night. Facebook chats made public in the filing by the Justice Department show Kelly Meggs, a leader …

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Jailed Oath Keeper “Family Man” Seeks Pre-Trial Release Due To The “Psychological Burdens” Of Being Locked Up

Law & Crime reports: A Florida man and member of the “Oath Keeper” militia organization who was charged with coordinating a military-style attack on the U.S. Capitol aimed at overthrowing the federal government is asking a federal judge to reconsider a ruling that will keep him in jail until the start of his criminal trial. Lawyer for Young filed a …

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DOJ Weighs Sedition Charges Against Oath Keepers

The New York Times reports: Justice Department officials have reviewed potential sedition charges against members of the Oath Keepers militia group who attacked the Capitol on Jan. 6, and they have been weighing whether to file them for weeks, according to law enforcement officials briefed on the deliberations. The group members, including Thomas E. Caldwell, Jessica M. Watkins and Donovan …

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The Kraken To Appear At “Summit” With Militia Leader

Karin Zidan reports at Right Wing Watch: Sidney Powell—the pro-Trump attorney who became a heroine in the far-right QAnon movement for pushing fantastical “Kraken” election-fraud lawsuits—will headline a “Make American Free Again” virtual summit later this week. The event, which takes place on Sunday, March 21, will bring together a group of so-called “patriots’ to discuss the “imminent threat to …

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Notorious Oath Keeper Granted Pre-Trial Release

Politico reports: Thomas Caldwell, 65, was ordered moved from the D.C. jail to home confinement after Judge Amit Mehta said the fact that Caldwell never went into the Capitol with a so-called “stack” of other Oath Keepers rendered the government’s case against the Navy veteran somewhat weaker than that against some of the other eight defendants in the case. Caldwell’s …

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DOJ Seeks To Build Conspiracy Case Against Militia

The Washington Post reports: The Justice Department and FBI are gathering evidence to try to build a large conspiracy indictment against members of the Oath Keepers for their roles in the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, according to people familiar with the matter, but the group’s sometimes fractious and fantasy-laden internal workings may complicate efforts to bring such …

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Feds Arrest Second Oath Keeper Linked To Roger Stone

The Birmingham News reports: A North Alabama man whom federal agents say participated in the Jan. 6 riots at the U.S. Capitol has been charged with two counts in connection with his alleged role, according to an indictment unsealed Tuesday. Joshua James, 33, of Arab, had contact with the Oath Keepers, a far-right militia group, before the Jan. 6 riots …

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