Jul 9, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Oath Keeper brought explosives to D.C. ahead of Jan. 6 riot, DOJ says

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A member of the far-right Oath Keepers militia brought explosives to Washington, D.C., ahead of the Jan. 6 deadly insurrection, according to court documents from the Justice Department.

Driving the news: The DOJ said that the government seized explosives from Jeremy Brown, an Oath Keeper member from Florida, including "military ordnance grenades" in his vehicle.

Details: DOJ prosecutors plan to present this in the September trial of several Oath Keepers. Brown is not part of that trial.

  • They will argue that this evidence shows that the members charged with seditious conspiracy had the "manner and means" to "advance the goals of the charged conspiracy."
  • "Indeed, possessing, transporting and storing various weapons around the Washington, D.C., area was part and parcel to organizing and executing" the riot.

Catch up fast: Stewart Rhodes, a founder and leader of the Oath Keepers, and eight other militia members were arrested and charged for their role in organizing the Jan. 6 insurrection.

  • An indictment amended this week says that "Rhodes and certain conspirators ... coordinated travel across the country to enter Washington, D.C., equipped themselves with a variety of weapons, donned combat and tactical gear, and were prepared to answer Rhodes' call to take up arms at Rhodes' direction."
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