Jessica Marie Watkins (2nd from L) and Donovan Ray Crowl (center), both from Ohio, march with the Oath Keepers militia group among the supporters of US President Donald Trump on January 6, 2021 in Washington up the steps of the Eastern Front of the US Capitol Down Both have since been charged by federal authorities for their roles in the siege of the U.S. Capitol.
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The self-described leader of the Florida chapter of the far-right group, the Oath Keepers, urged supporters to travel with him to Washington on January 6 because “Trump said it was going to be wild !!!!!!” That day revealed court documents that were released on Friday.
“He wants us to do it WILD, he says,” wrote Kelly Meggs, chief of the oath guard, in a Facebook message.
This news is featured in a new indictment indicting him and five other Oath Guards for crimes related to the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol by thousands of Trump supporters.
“He called us all to the Capitol and wants us to go wild !!! Sir Yes Sir !!!”, Meggs wrote in the Capitol- according to the indictment in the US District Court in Washington, in which the defendants are accused. Complex to have penetrated.
The news referred to a tweet from Trump in late December when he was frantically seeking justice and propaganda to overturn Joe Biden’s election as president.
January 6th was the day for a joint congressional session chaired by then Vice President Mike Pence to confirm Biden’s victory.
“Statistically impossible to have lost the 2020 election,” Trump tweeted, referring to his baseless claims that widespread electoral fraud got him out of an electoral college victory.
“Big protest in DC on January 6. Be there, be wild,” wrote Trump.
Meggs wrote in his Facebook message: “Gentlemen, we’re going to DC. Pack your s *** !!”
“”[W]We’ll have at least 50-100 OK there, “added Meggs.
The replacement indictment alleges that Kelly and several other defendants – Connie Meggs, Graydon Young, Laura Steele, and Sandra Ruth Parker – wore paramilitary gear and sat with two other previously indicted defendants, Jessica Watkins and Donovan Crowl, “in a military style “Teamed up” a formation that marched up the middle steps on the east side of the US Capitol, broke through the top door, and then stormed the building, “the US Department of Justice said in a January 6 press release.
Members of the Oath Keepers provide security to Roger Stone at a rally the night before groups attacked the U.S. Capitol on January 5, 2021 in Washington, United States.
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Trump held a large rally outside the White House on Jan. 6, where he and his allies, including attorney Rudy Giuliani, encouraged supporters to help them fight Biden’s confirmation of victory.
When planning the trip to Washington, according to the indictment, Meggs made statements that his group would not need to be armed for the attack on the Capitol, as he expected there would be a “heavy QRF 10 min out”.
Prosecutors said “QRF” refers to a “rapid response force,” a term used by law enforcement and the military to refer to an armed unit that is able to respond quickly to developing situations respond, typically to aid allied units in need of such assistance. “
The indictment states that around the same time as Meggs’ embassy, Young arranged for him and others to be trained by a company in Florida that provides firearms and combat training.
Young, 54, of Englewood, Florida, was arrested in Tampa, Florida on Monday, while Meggs, 52, and Connie Meggs, 59, both from Dunnellon, Florida, were arrested in Ocala, Florida on Wednesday.
The other newly indicted defendants were arrested elsewhere. Steele, 52, of Thomasville, North Carolina, was arrested Wednesday in Greensboro, North Carolina, while Sandra Ruth Parker, 62, and Bennie Alvin Parker, 70, both of Morrow, Ohio, were arrested Thursday.
All six defendants are charged with conspiring to obstruct formal proceedings in Congress, rob federal government property and prevent illegal entry.
Bennie Parker and another previously indicted defendant, Thomas Caldwell, are also charged with obstructing the investigation by allegedly tampering with documents or procedures by failing to send and delete content on Facebook.
Trump was indicted by the House of Representatives in January, accused of instigating the uprising on his false fraud allegations, and calls on his supporters to fight. Five people died in the riot, including a Capitol policeman.
But Trump, who resigned from office on Jan. 20, was acquitted by the Senate last week during his impeachment trial.