Jessica Marie Watkins (second from L) and Donovan Ray Crowl (Center), both from Ohio, march down the east front steps of the U.S. Capitol with the Oath Keepers militia group among supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump in Washington, January 6, 2021. Both have actually considering that been prosecuted by federal authorities for their functions in the siege on the U.S. Capitol. Jim Bourg|Reuters
The self-described leader of the Florida chapter of the reactionary Oath Keepers extremist group advised fans to travel to Washington with him on Jan. 6 because “Trump said It’s gon na be wild!!!!!!” that day, court files released Friday revealed. “He desires us to make it WILD that’s what he’s saying,” Oath Keepers chief Kelly Meggs composed in a Facebook message. That message is detailed in a brand-new superseding indictment charging him and 5 other Oath Keepers relates to criminal offenses associated with the Jan. 6 Capitol riot by thousands of Trump advocates. “He called us all to the Capitol and desires us to make it wild!!! Sir Yes Sir !!!,” Meggs composed, according to the indictment submitted in U.S. District Court in Washington, which implicates the defendants of attacking the Capitol complex.
The message referenced a tweet by Trump in late December, when he was taken part in a frantic legal and propaganda effort to reverse the election of Joe Biden as president. Jan. 6 was the day scheduled for a joint session of Congress, commanded by then-Vice President Mike Pence, to validate Biden’s win. “Statistically difficult to have lost the 2020 Election,” Trump tweeted, describing his unwarranted claims that widespread tally fraud had actually swindled him out of an Electoral College victory. “Big demonstration in D.C. on January sixth. Exist, will be wild,” composed Trump. Meggs, in his Facebook message, composed: “Gentlemen we are heading to DC pack your s ***!!”” [W] e will have at least 50-100 OK there,” Meggs added. The superseding indictment alleges that Kelly and numerous other accuseds– Connie Meggs, Graydon Young, Laura Steele and Sandra Ruth Parker– used paramilitary equipment and accompanied 2 other formerly charged accuseds, Jessica Watkins and Donovan Crowl, “in a military-style ‘stack’ formation that marched up the center steps on the east side of the U.S. Capitol, breached the door at the top, and after that stormed the structure,” on Jan. 6, the U.S. Justice Department said in a news release.
Members of the Oath Keepers offer security to Roger Stone at a rally the night before groups assaulted the U.S. Capitol, in Washington, U.S., January 5, 2021. Jim Urquhart|Reuters