Trump used Oath Keepers Terrorists as GOP ‘VIP Security’ for Cruz, Hawley and others

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(CNN) A leader in an alleged Oath Keepers conspiracy in the US Capitol insurrection claims she was given a VIP pass to the pro-Trump rally on January 6, had met with Secret Service agents and was providing security for legislators and others, including in their march to the Capitol, according to a new court filing.

Attorneys for Ohio Oath Keeper Jessica Watkins detail how the efforts among paramilitants who are now accused of conspiracy on January 6 were closer to the apparatus around then-President Donald Trump and his rally than was previously known.
By sharing the new details in the filing Saturday, the defense attorney for Watkins, a former Army ranger who served in Afghanistan, argues for her release from jail on bond and other restrictions as she awaits trial.
“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 court filing said on Saturday. “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 US Secret Service did not immediately respond Sunday to a request from CNN for comment.

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4 COMMENTS

  1. Oh come on – this loser is no way someone who had a VIP status with President Trump or anyone else. She’s lying and doing a pretty shitty job at it, but for news to say that people actually believe her, tells me they’re using her as a prop to further try to damage Trump and his supporters. Just like the leftist media continues to try and pin those weirdo “Boogaloo Boys” as a Patriot group, is also just as absurd. She’s Antifa/BLM or she’s just another weirdo trying to save her ass in a pinch.

  2. That is a crazy defense. If something like that were to be successful, it would have widespread ramifications as precedent and literally cause an upheaval in about 10 thousand other ongoing cases, and even into civil litigation against multiple states and cities.
    The notion that we can excuse actions due to perception of being lawful, even if direction is coming from a leader , would be very useful for a great number of demonstrators and protestors. It sure looks to me as if they are “throwing trump under the bus” in order to get deals. These will be very interesting sentences to keep an eye on.

    • There is nothing wrong with that, as Roosevelt said once about the dictator of Nicaragua…. “Somoza may be a son of a bitch, but he’s our son of a bitch.” 🙂