In a revelation that may have repercussions that ripple out, possibly touching upon Trump and other top officials, the DOJ revealed new details as to the Oath Keepers’ plans for January 6th that demonstrate the extremes involved in the original conspiracy. The revelations themselves are shocking and demand national attention but also call for an immediate investigation as to whether the conspiracy was shared with those higher up who planned the attack on Congress. Clearly, the Oath Keepers were the soldiers. Who were the generals? Did Trump know that the Oath Keepers were prepared to go to these lengths and did Trump approve of such actions? According to CNN:
The Justice Department released new details Friday evening of the alleged extensive planning by the Oath Keepers to prepare for violence in Washington, DC, on January 6, 2021, including lessons to conduct “hasty ambushes,” a “death list” of Georgia election officials and attempts to acquire homemade firearms.
The details, many of which have not been alleged publicly before, were revealed in a court filing from the government, which includes a list of evidence that prosecutors intend to use against the Oath Keepers during their trial in September.
Prosecutors will attempt to prove that nine Oath Keepers charged with seditious conspiracy — Stewart Rhodes, Kelly Meggs, Kenneth Harrelson, Jessica Watkins, Roberto Minuta, Joseph Hackett, David Moerschel, Thomas Caldwell, and Edward Vallejo — extensively prepared for violence.
Cassidy Hutchinson opened the door to serious conspiracy charges that center upon Trump himself, the knowledge that violence was imminent, and a desire to lead it. If the Oath Keepers shared their plans with Roger Stone (as an example) or through the “Rosetta Stone” Mark Meadows, it takes the conspiracy to an entirely new level. Recall that the Oath Keepers spoke to someone in the White House prior to January 6th. Did they speak to Mark Meadows? Did Meadows relay what they discussed? From a May 2022 HuffPo article:
Amid the violence of last year’s Capitol riot, Oath Keepers leader Stewart Rhodes gathered around a phone with other extremists at the Phoenix Park Hotel in Washington, D.C., to see if they could speak directly with then-President Donald Trump, court documents say.
The identity of the person Rhodes called is not specified, but appears to have had access to Trump, as the person was able to deny Rhodes’ request to speak directly with the president.
This is a stunning new development and reveals how much DOJ knows now regarding January 6th and who planned what phase. It is interesting that DOJ revealed the allegations in a filing late Friday night when the next Committee hearing is set for Tuesday morning. The anticipated topic? The 187-minute period during which Trump allowed the attack on the Capitol to proceed.
Jason Miciak believes a day without learning is a day not lived. He is a political writer, features writer, author, and attorney. He is a Canadian-born dual citizen who spent his teen and college years in the Pacific Northwest and has since lived in seven states. He now enjoys life as a single dad of a young girl, writing from the beaches of the Gulf Coast. He loves crafting his flower pots, cooking, while also studying scientific philosophy, religion, and non-math principles behind quantum mechanics and cosmology. Please feel free to contact for speaking engagements or any concerns.