NEWS: More evidence of an **armed insurrection** at the US Capitol, as new details on Trump extremists who brought guns continue to emerge in January 6 cases… Our latest reporting on this story, from me and @dfriedman33
2/ “According to court documents, federal agents who searched Brown’s home in late September found a short-barreled semiautomatic rifle and a sawed-off shotgun—both unregistered in violation of federal law—as well as two ‘military ordinance’ grenades.”…
3/ Especially interesting in this latest Oath Keeper's case is evidence from the FBI that he may be connected to the alleged operation in which Oath Keepers stockpiled an “arsenal” of guns near downtown DC for January 6. The feds appear to be advancing a sweeping conspiracy case.
4/ Big tip of the hat to @ryanjreilly, who consistently shares court filings and in this instance posted one relevant to our latest story on growing evidence of an armed insurrection. If you’re not already following Ryan for his great January 6 reporting, you’re doing it wrong…
5/ The defendant in that newly unsealed court filing admitted in a private Facebook message that he carried a pistol during the Capitol siege, according to prosecutors. (Link above.) Read @ryanjreilly’s broader reporting on that January 6 case—it’s a doozy…
6/ Also notable from our latest story about guns at the Capitol on January 6: newly public emails showing FBI agents were aware of specific intelligence indicating that armed people were headed to DC…
7/ Video with key footage and more details from our investigation into Trump extremists who brought guns on #January6th

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14 Oct
Chilling footage from our investigation of armed Trump extremists on January 6. One charged for carrying a gun at the Capitol demands overthrow of the government. Another urges the mob to kill a police officer: “Shoot him! Either you let us in or you die!”
2/ Read our full investigation: the Oath Keepers' alleged plot stockpiling an "arsenal" of guns near downtown DC, the armed Texas man who said it was his "constitutional right to carry a weapon and take over the Congress," and more…
3/ And here's Part 2 of our investigation, icymi: an Oath Keeper who the FBI says had illegal guns and "military ordinance" grenades in his house, a Proud Boys leader alleged to have carried a gun during the attack on the Capitol, and more…
Read 4 tweets
30 Sep
NEWS: Trump extremists brought numerous guns to the Capitol on January 6. See all the evidence in our latest @MotherJones investigation of the insurrection…
2/ As our new investigation shows, during the Capitol insurrection Trump extremists carried concealed pistols, allegedly stockpiled weapons nearby, and called for overthrowing the US government
3/ “It is your duty to overthrow that government and reinstate a new government," shouted a Trump extremist who was arrested at the Capitol carrying a semiautomatic pistol and more than two dozen rounds of ammunition…
Read 5 tweets
10 Jun
This is the second big conspiracy case to be unsealed in the sprawling FBI investigation of January 6. All signs suggest there will be more to come. This one is notable for alleged coordination between a pro-Trump political group and members of a militia group, Three Percenters
For all the Republican leaders who insist January 6 was “not an insurrection,” also notable from today’s unsealed indictment: One of the charged co-conspirators disagrees with you. “Insurrection!” he declared triumphantly in a text message, according to prosecutors
3/ And remember when Trump was impeached for inciting the Jan. 6 insurrection? More stark evidence of that today as well, per that same defendant: "We will be part of the large effort for the ‘Wild Rally’ that Trump has asked us all to be part of."…
Read 5 tweets
19 Mar
“Sex addiction” may be the Atlanta mass shooter’s preferred narrative, but the real story on that count is toxic masculinity. Motive in mass shootings is often complex. But given the victims he targeted, his attack was inherently both racist AND misogynist…
Evangelical doctrine, sex addition, "purity culture"—it's baffling that coverage of the Atlanta mass shooter keeps focusing so heavily on all this. (And as if the guy had no agency!) The much bigger story: He targeted Asian women. He bought a gun same day.…
To be clear, these aspects of the killer's background are worthy of reporting. But their media emphasis in the initial aftermath feels way off to me—especially after the awful comments from the Georgia sheriff, establishing a narrative about "sexual issues" and "he had a bad day"
Read 4 tweets
17 Mar
you might even say that Trumpism is terrorism…
In fact, veteran national security experts do say this. The January 6 assault on Congress was part of an ongoing story, not an ending. With GOP acolytes continuing to push Trump's Big Lie, there will be more of this. Not if, but when. #StochasticTerrorism…
“The FBI and DHS have warned that the Jan. 6 riot could have lasting consequences. Some domestic violent extremists “have been emboldened in the aftermath of the breach of the US Capitol,” Jill Sanborn, head of counterterrorism at the FBI, told Congress”…
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10 Feb
IMPEACHMENT THREAD: At least 13 people charged with crimes in the insurrection say that Trump incited them to act—and at least three of them were caught on video participating in violent confrontations at the Capitol…
This man can be seen in Capitol footage striking a police officer in the head with a fire extinguisher. According to a FBI informant, the man “had followed the president’s instructions and gone to the Capitol”…
This man draped in a ‘Don’t Tread on Me’ flag was recorded in a mob trying to smash through the speaker’s lobby doors, just before one rioter was fatally shot by police. Traveling from Texas at Trump’s behest was “the least we can do,” he said afterward…
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