The man is reportedly a member of the right-wing Oath Keepers group, which describes itself as a non-partisan association of people currently or formerly serving in the military and police who pledge to uphold their oaths to “defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic”.
Another man with links to Donald Trump’s long-time ally Roger Stone was arrested in connection with the storming of the US Capitol. According to the FBI’s affidavit used for the detention, Joshua James, 33, was arrested at his home in Alabama on Tuesday after he was identified in photos showing him standing inside the Capitol building wearing a black cap with the words “Oath Keepers” on it, a badge, and a paracord rope.
Several days prior to the storming of the Capitol, he was seen with Roger Stone. James faces a felony charge of obstruction of Congress and misdemeanour charges.
The news comes a day after prosecutors revealed they had charged a member of the Oath Keepers who had also worked as a security guard for Roger Stone. In all, a group of eight Oath Keepers has been charged with conspiracy to storm the Capitol building in order to disrupt the meeting dedicated to certifying Joe Biden’s victory in the presidential election. Among the arrested is the group’s founder, Stewart Rhodes, who, according to court documents, gave directions to members of the group during the storming.