‘Oath Keeper' Who Voted for Obama Was Doing Security for Trump Rally Before Capitol Siege: Defense
Added 02-21-21 08:34:02pm EST - “The defense for Jessica Watkins, one of the "Oath Keepers" charged in the siege of the U.S. Capitol Building, say she should be released to home confinement because prosecutors showed no evidence she engaged in violence that day.…” - Lawandcrime.com
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The defense for Jessica Watkins, one of the “Oath Keepers” charged in the siege of the U.S. Capitol Building, say she should be released to home confinement because prosecutors showed no evidence she engaged in violence that day. She was there to protect speakers at a rally that preceded the riots, had a VIP pass to the rally, and met with Secret Service agents, the motion stated.
“On January 5 and 6, Ms. Watkins was present not as an insurrectionist, but to provide security to the speakers at the rally, to provide escort for the legislators and others to march to the Capitol as directed by the then-President, and to safely escort protestors away from the Capitol to their vehicles and cars at the conclusion of the protest,” the motion stated. “She was given a VIP pass to the rally. She met with Secret Service agents. She was within 50 feet of the stage during the rally to provide security for the speakers. At the time the Capitol was breached, she was still at the sight of the initial rally where she had provided security. The government concedes that her arrival at the Capitol was a full 40 minutes after the Capitol had been breached.”
Supporters of then-President Donald Trump raided the Capitol Building on January 6 after he continued to lie that he actually won the 2020 presidential election, and that it was being stolen from him. Rioters postponed but did not prevent Congress from counting electoral college votes weighing in favor of winner Joe Biden. Five people died amid the chaos, however: four Trump supporters and one Capitol police officer. Another Capitol officer, a D.C. Metro officer, and a siege defendant died by suicide mere days after the incident.
Watkins is charged as one of nine people recently indicted for conspiracy in connection to the siege. They were described as members of the Oath Keepers, a far-right paramilitary organization known for recruiting veterans into their ranks. Watkins fits the bill as an Army vet, described in court documents as a “self-described “C.O [Commanding Officer] of the Ohio State Regular Militia.”
According to authorities, Watkins told a recruit in a text on November 9, 2020, that she needed this person “fighting fit” by Inauguration Day.
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