The details, several of which have not been alleged publicly right before, have been revealed in a courtroom filing from the governing administration, which contains a record of evidence that prosecutors intend to use in opposition to the Oath Keepers all through their demo in September.
All 9 have pleaded not guilty and have denied allegations of getting ready for or participating in violence on January 6. CNN has attained out to their attorneys for remark.
The Justice Department has also secured at least seven cooperation agreements from associates of the Oath Keepers, 3 of whom pleaded guilty to seditious conspiracy. A variety of the cooperators are named in the new submitting and experienced near contacts with the Oath Keepers heading to demo.
Militia trainings, bombs and a ‘death list’
Amid the new particulars in the government’s allegations is a document with the words “Demise Listing” that the authorities states it identified in Oath Keeper Thomas Caldwell’s household as a result of a research warrant in the months following January 6.
The handwritten checklist involved the name of a Georgia 2020 election formal and their family member who, in accordance to the new courtroom submitting, ended up both equally targets of “unfounded conspiracy theories that they have been included in voter fraud.”
In a remark to CNN, Caldwell reported “the DOJ’s claim that I sought to assassinate election workers is a 100% false and disgusting lie.”
The government also alleges that at least a few chapters of the Oath Keepers held instruction camps prior to January 6, 2021, centered on army strategies.
Members from Florida held a instruction session on “unconventional warfare,” when the North Carolina chapter held a instruction session targeted on placing up “hasty ambushes,” prosecutors say. Jessica Watkins, a leader of the Ohio chapter, mentioned “recruits” should show up at “army-style basic” education course to be “fighting in good shape” by Inauguration Day.
Prosecutors have previously stated that the group set up a so-known as fast response pressure, or QRF, outside the house of Washington, DC, stocked with firearms and a months’ truly worth of food. But prosecutors now allege that at least 1 Oath Keeper transported explosives, which includes military ordinance grenades, to the QRF.
The courtroom doc also alleges that Oath Keepers established up a similar QRF outside of DC for the “Million MAGA March” in November 2020, however no weapons ended up at any time utilized at the march. In accordance to prosecutors, at least 5 of the Oath Keepers attended.
After the attack
By their investigation into the group, the govt claims it seized two illegal quick barrel firearms, grenades and found bomb making recipes when conducting research warrants on the houses of various Oath Keepers. A different member, according to the filing, tried using to have a person build numerous rifles prior to Biden’s inauguration on January 20.
According to the authorities, on the night of January 6, Rhodes became suspicious that legislation enforcement was searching to arrest him so he fled from a cafe and “took a number of ways to prevent detection” — like tossing his telephone and “divvying up countless numbers of dollars’ value of firearms and associated products throughout 4 motor vehicles.”
According to prosecutors, Rhodes requested other Oath Keepers to be a part of him in Texas subsequent the events of January 6 and recommended that members of the group buy burner phones and get started wearing disguises. He also bought countless numbers of dollars’ well worth of fire-arms components, the court docket filing claims.
On 1 occasion, Rhodes handed another member of the team an AR-15 rifle even though they ended up in a car or truck collectively, “describing that he did not intend to be taken by law enforcement alive,” according to the authorities.
Phillip Linder, a law firm for Rhodes, said that Rhodes experienced no understanding of any plans for violence and did not take part in the violence at the Capitol.