Texts Show Oath Keeper Militia Leader Gave Members Direction at Capitol Riot

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Rumors of a potential new attack on the US Capitol on March 4 failed to materialize, but US troops remain in Washington, DC, in the aftermath of the January 6 attack that featured a number of armed and organized groups in support of then-US President Donald Trump.

According to a Monday filing in a US federal court, Stewart Rhodes, founder of the right-wing Oath Keepers militia movement, gave directions to members of the group while they were participating in the January 6 attack on the US Capitol.

The court has blocked other such attempts to keep Oath Keepers in custody until their trial, but not for “QAnon Shaman” Jake Angeli, who featured prominently in the Capitol storming.

The prosecutors noted that “there is no discussion of forcibly entering the Capitol until January 6, 2021. However, there is talk about being prepared for violence.” However, they do discuss “coming to Washington, DC, for the events of January 5-6, 2021, to provide security to speakers and VIPs at the events.”

According to The Hill, the document refers to Rhodes only as “Person One,” but prior documents have made clear that it refers to him.

Immediately prior to the attack on the Capitol, Trump hosted a “Stop the Steal” rally outside the White House at which he and other speakers gave dire warnings about what would happen if Democratic US President-elect Joe Biden were allowed to take office. Trump then urged them to take…

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