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Thu Feb 11, 2021, 01:15 PM

'Oaf Creepers' were ready on Jan 6 to act on Trump's orders, prosecutors say

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Anti-government "Oath Keepers" militia members devised elaborate plans to storm the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 and plotted to have an armed "quick reaction force" staged outside the city ready "to fight hand to hand" if ordered by former President Donald Trump, prosecutors said on Thursday.

Trump is on trial this week in the U.S. Senate, charged with inciting an insurrection by exhorting thousands of supporters to march on the Capitol that day while Congress gathered to certify Democrat Joe Biden's election win.

In a 21-page court filing, prosecutors offered more details than previously known about the alleged planning, training and coordination that some members of the Oath Keepers undertook after Trump lost the November election.

In it, they ask a federal judge to detain Jessica Watkins, whom they describe as the leader of an Ohio-based militia tied to the Oath Keepers, saying she harbors extreme views that the Biden presidency poses an "existential threat" and actively recruited people to participate in a coup.


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