ONE YEAR AGO: Accused OathKeeper Jan 6 conspirator got the "signal" she was waiting for .....
according to the feds

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According to feds, in Nov 2020, she'd texted "I am concerned this is an elaborate trap. Unless the POTUS himself activates us, it’s not legit. The POTUS has the right to activate units too. If Trump asks me to come, I will. Otherwise, I can’t trust it.”
But a year ago this week, defendant "perceived her desired signal," according to Justice Dept

She allegedly texted: “We plan on going to DC on the 6th” because “Trump wants all able bodied Patriots
to come,” & how, “If Trump activates the Insurrection Act, I’d hate to miss it”
The accused OathKeepers conspiracy is the largest of the hundreds of Jan 6 prosecutions, w/ nearly two dozen defendants and striking accusations of plotting and planning

And of using a military stack formation to enter Capitol

Some have pleaded guilty already. Trial in Spring

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28 Dec
HEADS UP: Detention hearing begins shortly in high-level Capitol breach case of Mark Mazza

He's accused of brandishing baton & being part of "heave-ho" push against police line amid the mob at Capitol

Charging documents say Mazza yelled at police, "This is our f**** house!"
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24 Dec
NEW: In Xmas Eve court filing, feds seek pretrial jail for Jan 6 defendant Mark Mazza of IN, alleging he had *loaded gun* amid mob on & *dropped the gun* amid crowd. Feds say Mazza later falsely reported gun was stolen in Ohio and they say he had stolen DC Police baton in home
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Prosecutors (more): "Mazza admitted to taking the police baton on Jan 6.. and to using it to strike a law enforcement officer in the tunnel. Mazza further admitted that he was recently in possession of
several other firearms..."
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And he allegedly sent encrypted message on Jan 6 saying "We took the Capital" (sic)

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22 Dec
HEADS-UP: There's a hearing shortly for Jan 6 defendant Joseph Hutchinson, who's accused of assault against officer at Capitol

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The best man is a co-defendant, who needs court permission to travel

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