More than a week before January 6, newly indicted Three Percenter Russell Taylor of Orange County was specifically talking about breaching the Capitol:

"I personally want to be on the front steps and be one of the first ones to breach the doors!"
It's striking because so much of the planning chatter we've been hearing from those involved in storming the Capitol was much more vague, focused on battling Antifa or being prepared for anything. But this is very directed at getting inside the building.
Then on Jan 2 Taylor again is focused on breaching in a Telegram chat about what weapons to bring to DC. He says you can't bring knives into gov't buildings but adds: "something tells me though if we are inside government buildings it won't be at the top of our list."
And yet when the building was actually breached, Taylor, carrying a knife in his plate carrier, chose not to go inside because he "had weapons." Nonetheless, he was charged today in federal court.

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11 Jun
Oath Keeper Jason Dolan allegedly took Trump's loss "very hard" & removed a Trump flag from his roof, replacing it with an upside down American flag, according to prosecutors arguing for his detention in a hearing taking place in DC federal court now.
A neighbor of his in Wellington, FL, told the FBI that Dolan, a former Marine, was "an intense person who was not well liked by anyone in the neighborhood" and owned multiple firearms including a 9mm handgun that he always carried on his person.
Dolan's attorney, Michael van der Veen (who previously represented Trump in the 2nd Impeachment), is arguing that Dolan, whose alias is "Turmoil" was not an Oath Keeper leader, and indeed only joined the group recently. He challenges the validity of the government's evidence.
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11 Jun
Oath Keeper Jason Dolan has responded to the govt brief seeking his detention, arguing he didn't engage in violence & wasn't a leader of the organization. His "actions were far less nefarious than those of other people charged as a result of the events of January 6th," he claims.
Dolan claims he "purchased a $50 subscription to the organization in mid to late November of 2020 and participated in some online chats," was not in military garb on Jan 6 and received no Oath Keeper training.
The DoJ, Dolan claims, "failed to establish with any degree of reasonably certainty" that he was the person who gave an anonymous interview to Gateway Pundit claiming someone let rioters into the Capitol by releasing magnetic locks on the building's doors.
Read 5 tweets
9 Jun
In a new filing, the DoJ said it believes Oath Keeper Jason Dolan hid multiple firearms — including one he gave to his 7 year old daughter — as well as an Oath Keeper t-shirt, gloves & a gaiter he wore into the Capitol on Jan. 6, all in an effort to "delete or secrete evidence" Image
A magistrate ordered Dolan's release after his arrest last week, but prosecutors are moving for that to be revoked & for Dolan to remain behind.

They claim he's "similarly situated" to Kenneth Harrelson, another defendant in the Oath Keepers case who did not receive bond. Image
Both Dolan and Harrelson traveled to DC together, appeared to stash weapons in the same Virginia hotel, and entered the Capitol together. But when FBI agents searched Dolan's house, they found no firearms or ammo whatsoever. Image
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30 May
NEW — the DoJ just dropped (on a holiday weekend Sunday) a new indictment in the Oath Keepers case, adding four new defendants to the case: Joseph Hackett, Jason Dolan, William Isaacs, all from Florida, plus a person whose name has not been revealed.

More details below
There's no indication who 4th person is. NJ Oath Keeper James Breheny, charged on May 20 isn't named in this indictment.

Obvious question is whether it's Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes, who has been a focus on the ongoing investigation

buzzfeednews.com/article/kenben…
Prosecutors have referred to him repeatedly as "Person One." Given that they continue to do so heavily in this indictment, without redaction, it would perhaps suggest the 4th person isn't him.
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28 May
The DoJ continues to build evidence to support its theory that the Oath Keepers were prepared to use weapons on Jan 6, with leadership (including founder Stewart Rhodes) discussing where to store guns and how to get them into DC on short notice, per a new filing today. Image
On Jan 4, Rhodes wrote in a signal chat: “As we have done on all recent DC Ops, we will also have well armed and equipped QRF teams on standby, outside DC, in the event of a worst case scenario, where the President calls us up as part of the militia to to assist him inside DC."
Then on the morning of Jan. 6, he wrote:

“We will have several well equipped QRFs outside DC. And there are many, many others, from other groups, who will be watching and waiting on the outside in case of worst case scenarios.”

QRF = Quick Reaction Force
Read 8 tweets
8 May
We discovered something new about the Oath Keepers: although it's a nonprofit, it is NOT an IRS-recognized tax-exempt entity. That means it doesn't have to publish its financials & that donations are NOT tax deductible.

buzzfeednews.com/article/kenben…
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That tax status — being a nonprofit w/o being a 501(c)3 or other charity — is highly unusual b/c it confers few if any tax benefits. But experts say it gives Oath Keepers the "halo effect" of being able to claim its a nonprofit without any of the obligations of transparency.
Oath Keepers seems to use that halo to full effect, using a ".org" domain on its website, soliciting donations to promote its "mission" of supporting & defending the US Constitution & partnering with outside groups that donate to charities as part of their business model.
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