Department of Justice: Oathkeepers brought explosives to Washington before the attack on the Capitol

Department of Justice: Oathkeepers brought explosives to Washington before the attack on the Capitol

DOJ: Oathkeepers brought explosives to Washington before the attack on the Capitol

Founder of the group "Oath Keepers" Stuart Rhodes testifies video to House Select Committee to Investigate Capitol Riots, June 9, 2022   Ministry of Justice: «Oath Keepers» before the attack on the Capitol, explosives were brought to Washington

Federal Attorney's Office filed a lawsuit in the District of Columbia court with evidence of guilt of members of the organization «Oathkeepers» conspired to attack the Capitol

A member of the Oath Keepers radical group delivered explosives to Washington ahead of the January 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol by supporters of former President Donald Trump. This was stated by the US Department of Justice.

A lawsuit filed by federal prosecutors alleges that on January 6, Jeremy Brown, a member of the Oath Keepers from Florida, brought explosives to a hotel in suburban Washington. Another member of the group, Thomas Caldwell, was later found to have a “death list”, among which was an employee of the election commission in Georgia.

In a statement given by his lawyer, Caldwell denied the charges against him. “The Department of Justice's claim that I tried to kill the election officials is 100% false and a disgusting lie. Unfortunately, the Department of Justice, through court orders, is hiding a lot of evidence exonerating me,” the statement said.

A 28-page court document filed Friday in Washington District Court details the evidence the Justice Department is likely to present later this year in the Oath Keepers' conspiracy trial, including Caldwell and group leader Stuart. Rodza. Brown is listed in the document as an uncharged accomplice.

The lawsuit comes as the special congressional committee investigating the January 6 riots is preparing to hold two hearings next week. Tuesday's hearing is expected to focus on efforts to gather Trump supporters at the Capitol, including members of the radical Proud Boys and Proud Boys.

Congresswoman Liz Cheney, Republican, who serves as vice chair of the select committee, said Trump could be held criminally responsible for allegedly encouraging the attack on the Capitol by falsely claiming that the election victory was “stolen” from him through fraud.

More than 840 people were accused of participating in the riots at the Capitol, assaulting the police and intimidating lawmakers. About 250 defendants, including several members of the Oath Keepers, pleaded guilty.