Prosecutors say an FBI informant was a "double agent" but the defense claims the feds knew exactly what he was doing.

My latest on this complicated case, w/ @jvgarrison…
Last week the DoJ said the informant, Stephen Robeson, went rogue during the case, including offering to use a charity to buy guns without authorization.

But a transcript shows 2 FBI agents knew very well about Robeson's charity ploy. ImageImage
Prosecutors disparaged Robeson as part of a bid to keep his statements out of court when the trial begins.
But defendants argue that what he said and did should be fair game because he was acting at the FBI's behest. I wrote about this last week:

By pointing to the apparent contradiction in the DoJ's recent filing, the defense is effectively calling into question the credibility of the prosecution. It argues that the gov't wants have its cake & eat it too, keeping anything that's favorable to the defendants out of court.
Here's the full filing:…

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13 Jan
Amazing stuff in this new Oath Keepers seditious conspiracy indictment:

Between Dec. 30, 2020 and Jan. 19, 2021, leader Stewart Rhodes spent roughly $33,000 on weapons and accessories, including a shotgun, an AR-15 platform rifle, ammo, night vision goggles, bipods, etc. ImageImageImage
On Nov. 5, before the presidential election was even called, Rhodes created an encrypted message group for Oath Keeper leadership and noted "We aren’t getting through this without a civil war. Too late for that. Prepare your mind, body, spirit.” Image
Two days later, on Nov. 7, he told his leadership that "we must now do what the people of Serbia did when Milosevic stole their election" and linked to a video about that event. Rhodes added advice from the author of the video, including storming the parliament. Image
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13 Jan
Confirming that Stewart Rhodes, founder of the Oath Keepers, has been arrested by the FBI in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. I have this from the General Counsel of the Oath Keepers. Story coming soon.
Rhodes and 10 others are being charged with Seditious Conspiracy. These are the first sedition charges to come out of Jan. 6 and thus is a pretty big deal.
Here's some more info:…
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12 Jan
every time you mistakenly call me Ben it just makes me that much stronger
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8 Dec 21
After Jan. 6, Thomas Caldwell, one of the defendants in the Oath Keepers conspiracy case, appears to have researched "relocating" to Costa Rica, Panama or the Bahamas online, per a new court filing from the DoJ.
Then, after he was arrested in February, Caldwell's email address was used to attempt to cancel an order for a .380 handgun "designed to resemble a smartphone." His purchase of that gun was used by prosecutors to argue for his pre-trial detention.
Caldwell later won bond and today's filing comes in response to a motion by Caldwell to modify his release conditions to allow him internet access. The government opposes that request except for allowing him to review evidence in his case.
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9 Sep 21
Twitter has refused to let US Marshalls serve a federal subpoena seeking information on the @ravagiing account, which is linked to cyber security firm Exeintel and, potentially, to an active FBI agent on the Michigan kidnapping case, a new filing shows.
That happened on Sept. 3. Curiously, Twitter suspended @ravagiing sometime on Sept 6 or 7. A spokesperson told me and @jvgarrison that it was for violating the company's ban evasion policy.
Here's more info on the subpoena and the strange circumstances around that account

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9 Sep 21
This story revealing the USCP approved 6 permits on Jan 6 is hugely important not only for the findings but also b/c it used the courts to pry forth Congressional records not subject to FOIA — perhaps for the first time ever!

Big get by @JasonLeopold…
The Capitol Police is under the umbrella of Congress, which is not subject to FOIA. But Jason & @_LightLaw successfully cited the “common law right of access” to public records in federal court.

The implications could be significant.
@_LightLaw Congress has long hidden behind its FOIA exemption to keep records in the dark, hidden from press & the public. By getting these permit applications & related documents, @BuzzFeedNews may have cracked the door on that, potentially allowing massively more access. It's a big deal.
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