As a slew of outlets have reported, Jessica Watkins claims HER PURPOSE on Jan 6 was to provide militia escort for legislators and others as they marched to the Capitol to challenge the vote.

That ... doesn't help you refute a conspiracy charge.…
Yes. The claim made news.

Except think through what it means that event organizers invited militia as VIP to have them stand 50 feet from the stage and leave 10 minutes early?
Yeah, the fact that the militia was part of the plan for the "peaceful" protest. Yeah, that.

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Shifted to detention hearing for Jessica Watkins. Baset laying out how the Oath Keepers aided and abetted destruction, which is their weakest hand for detention.

Judge Mehta is questioning whether imprisonment is not long enough to qualify as terror trigger.

[Fixed prosecutor]
Mehta is noting that govt arg this week is different than it was last week for Watkins' co-conspirator Thomas Caldwell.
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It has been publicly reported though.
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I believe RIGHT NOW, it significantly overstates what it shows.
Let's start with the source. Aside from experts, the story relies on a single named source--a recently retired senior FBI person. Image
Was this person part of the investigation and quit out of concerns? Or was this person one of the people who advanced his career by firing those who investigated Trump people, which is THE LEAST damning explanation for why the FBI missed this terrorist attack?
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The details of this story -- and the understanding of the legal charges against Jan 6 insurrectionists inadequate -- are too vague to sustain outrage about it.
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It's hard to find a universe of people who would have knowledge of this investigation but not conflicts.
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