Oath Keepers Stashed Guns For Capitol Riots, Prosecutors Say - 2021-04-14
WASHINGTON — The day after the Jan. 6 insurrection at the US Capitol, surveillance video from a hotel in Virginia showed participants in the alleged Oath Keepers conspiracy carrying what appeared to be rifle cases and an object under a sheet that had the "outlines" of a rifle, a federal prosecutor told a judge on Wednesday.
The government's long-standing theory in the case is that the extremist group came prepared for violence on Jan. 6 and stashed firearms just outside of Washington, DC, which they could easily access via a "quick reaction force" or "QRF." Until this week, though, prosecutors had shared little evidence other than text messages that referenced a special force. Wednesday's hearing featured the government's most comprehensive presentation to date that such a plan was at least partially put into action.
Dozens of people are charged with assaulting police during the riots, but the Oath Keepers case is one of the few that include specific allegations that rioters had planned for violence and specifically made arrangements to have access to guns in DC, where firearms are generally restricted.