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Oath Keepers Plotting Before Capitol Riot Awaited ‘Direction’ From Trump, Prosecutors Say

Days earlier than the riot, prosecutors say, Mr. Caldwell reached out to a contact related to one other group, the Three Percenters, an extremist gun rights militia that takes its title from the supposed three % of the U.S. colonial inhabitants that fought the British Army. In a textual content message, Mr. Caldwell instructed discovering a ship that “could handle a Potomac crossing” and will carry a “Quick Response Team” with “heavy weapons” to militia members already on the Capitol.

Mr. Caldwell requested a federal choose to launch him from custody this week, saying he was an injured Navy veteran with greater than 30 years of expertise with top-secret issues. He additionally famous that whereas he was on the Capitol on Jan. 6, he was not a part of the “stack” of Oath Keepers in tactical army gear that bodily breached the constructing.

In the papers filed on Thursday, prosecutors countered that that hardly mattered provided that Mr. Caldwell was “a key figure who put into motion the violence that overwhelmed the Capitol.” They famous that in his textual content messages he described killing and mutilating individuals who held views that opposed his and referred to political adversaries as “socialists,” “savages,” “maggots” and “cockroaches.”

When federal brokers searched Mr. Caldwell’s home in Virginia final month, they found a doc titled “Death List” that contained the title of an unidentified election official from one other state, prosecutors mentioned. The brokers additionally discovered a pistol that was “intentionally built to look like a cellphone,” prosecutors say.

In a search of Ms. Watkins’s residence, courtroom papers say, brokers found quite a few firearms, a paintball gun, pool cues minimize right down to “baton size,” plastic zip ties and a recipe for making “a destructive device.”

Prosecutors say Ms. Watkins could have had this arsenal as a result of she believed the prospect of Joseph R. Biden Jr. turning into president was “an existential threat.”

“Biden may still be our president,” she wrote in a textual content message on Nov. 17. “If he is, our way of life as we know it is over. Our Republic would be over. Then it is our duty as Americans to fight, kill and die for our rights.”

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