The founder of the extremist Oath Keepers was poised for orders from then-President Donald Trump the day of the Capitol insurrection to seize control of the government, according to the latest conspiracy indictment against several members.
The superseding indictment, unsealed Sunday, includes new details about the Capitol riot and added four more co-defendants, bringing the total to 16. Three of the new defendants, from Florida, were recently arrested, The Washington Post reported.
All of the defendants have been charged with conspiring to obstruct Congress’s confirmation of the 2020 presidential election, and were among a group of Oath Keepers in combat uniforms and tactical vests who marched up the steps of the Capitol and stormed inside. Actions were coordinated and included several communications with Oath Keeper founder Stewart Rhodes, who is referred to as “Person One” in the indictment.
The new indictment also provides additional detail about nearby weapons stashes, and the existence of a “quick reaction force” of Oath Keepers outside Washington, D.C., to move in if necessary.