Oath Keepers Who Guarded Roger Stone Stormed the Capitol - 2021-02-14
Roger Stone was more closely connected to the January 6 attack on Congress than previously known. The New York Times reported Sunday that six men who acted as security guards for the longtime Trump adviser participated in the riot and entered the Capitol.
At two Washington, DC events on January 5, and at the rally the day after, Stone, who was convicted in 2019 of lying to Congress and witnesses tampering before being pardoned by Trump in December, was escorted by a detail of men in gear identifying them as members of the Oath Keepers, a far-right anti-government militia. Some Oath Keepers have been charged with conspiring weeks in advance to attack Congress to try to stop lawmakers from certifying Joe Biden's victory over former President Donald Trump.
Mother Jones has previously reported on Stone's ties to the attack. Stone originated the phrase "Stop the Steal" for a political group he formed in 2016; an employee of a law firm tied to Stone formed an organization called the "Committee to Stop the Steal" in October. Stone later raised money for "private security" for events on January 5 and 6 that preceded the storming of the Capitol. He echoed Trump's lies about election fraud and struck an apocalyptic tone in three speeches prior to January 6.