New defendants charged in Oath Keepers conspiracy case
The newly appointed Oath Keeper defendants are Joseph Hackett, who visited “Ahab”, Jason Dolan, who visited “Turmoil”, and William Isaacs, all of Florida. The name of a fourth new defendant and the alleged actions are still redacted.
The defendants of Oath Keeper are all accused of having taken part in the conspiracy and of having entered the restricted grounds of the Capitol. Isaacs, for example, reportedly shouted, “The fight is not over” once the Oath Keepers group entered the building, and he waved to rioters in the hallway towards the Senate, according to the deed. charge.
In the new impeachment document, five of the previously named defendants now face additional charges for allegedly suppressing their social media activity or cell phone.
It is not unusual for prosecutors to rewrite and gradually expand the charges in such an important case – especially as an investigation continues, as is clearly the case for January 6, and they identify new contacts and seek to put pressure on existing defendants.
All of the Oath Keepers who have appeared before a district judge in Washington, DC so far in this case have pleaded not guilty. More than a month ago, prosecutors overthrew a cooperator who had been indicted in another riot case on Capitol Hill and had close ties to the group.
Several of Oath Keeper’s defendants are scheduled to have a recording hearing in Washington court on Tuesday.
Isaacs, Hackett and Dolan were each arrested in Florida last week.
Lawyers for Isaacs and Dolan did not immediately respond to requests for comment, and information on Hackett’s lawyer was not available on Sunday.
Rapid reaction force
On Friday the same day, a grand jury approved the new indictment, Justice Department prosecutors described in court documents what else they had learned about the group’s so-called rapid reaction force. , an effort to bring weapons to a northern Virginia comfort. Hostel as a backup for the siege.
Friday’s filing described who prosecutors said was the organizer of the QRF, a person from North Carolina identified as “person three.” The anonymous name means the person cannot be arrested and charged at this time – and person three is not among the four new defendants.
The person had come to the Capitol area, drove a long, sheet-covered object that could have been a gun into a Ballston Comfort Inn hotel room where the Oath Keepers were meeting, and wrote on the Signal messaging app that he was looking for boat transport. , according to prosecutors.
Previously, prosecutors had described how the Oath Keepers gathered and hid weapons at the Comfort Inn, and how accused Thomas Caldwell of Virginia allegedly floated the idea of transporting weapons across the Potomac River to aid in the siege of the Capitol. .
Discussion about assembling the backup weapons also took place among Floridians linked to the group. In a discussion with Florida Signal, another Oath Keeper defendant, Jessica Watkins, reportedly wrote on January 4: “Where can we lay our guns to the QFR team? I would like the weapons to be secured before Op tomorrow, ”according to the indictment.
The indictment also describes how most of Oath Keeper’s defendants are accused of taking part in a military-type training called stack to cut through the crowd to enter the Capitol.
This story has been updated with additional information.