NEW: Jessica Watkins today clarifies that she DID NOT meet with the Secret Service.

"A better verb would have been 'encountered,'" writes the Oath Keeper's lawyer to the court.

This comes after a Sat. filing seeking her release from detention suggested pending trial.
That filing read, in part:

"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."

It provoked articles like this one:…

"Ms. Watkins does not suggest that she has any direct knowledge that her role as security was sanctioned by anyone other than people involved in organizing the rally. She certainly did not mean to suggest that she was hired by the U.S. Secret Service to perform security."

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