“I’m Tired of Waiting”: Trump Days Before Capitol Attack Swearers Frustrated, Texts Show

The testimony of an FBI special agent in the Oath Keepers’ seditious conspiracy trial revealed that members of the far-right militia became increasingly impatient while waiting for then-President Donald Trump to deputize his supporters and stop a joint session of Congress. they were finished. Electoral College votes count,

“Either Trump gets away with himself” [a**] And ChiCom uses the Act of Rebellion to defeat the puppet coup or we have to rise up in rebellion (rebellion) against the ChiCom puppet Biden,” Founder of Oath Keepers stewart rhodes In a December 2020 text message, President Joe Biden’s false claim of victory was the result of a conspiracy by the Communist Party of China.

Although Trump never tried to invoke the act, Rhodes and other Oath Keepers speculated that the former president would do so in order to disrupt Congressional proceedings confirming Biden’s election victory. That winter, Rhodes wrote a letter to Trump urging him to enact the act, which would enable the president to use the military and militias for civilian law enforcement so that he would be given power after his term expired. To help you stay in

“That’s what it should be,” Rhodes told the other Oath Keepers in a group chat. “But I have my doubts. I’m tired of waiting for Trump to do his [d***] Duty.”

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Members of the Oath Keepers on the Eastern Front of the US Capitol on January 6, 2021 in Washington.

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Rhodes, along with codependents Kelly Meigs, Kenneth Harrelson, Jessica Watkins and Thomas Caldwell, faces several felony charges, including seditious conspiracy, during their alleged attempt to prevent a peaceful transfer of power. January 6, 2021, Attack on the US Capitol, All have pleaded not guilty and their defense lawyers say the defendants were merely acting as security personnel for the presidential rally in Ellipse, which preceded the Capitol attack.

Members of the Oath Keepers worked as security guards for Trump aide Roger Stone before January 6, and text messages show that Rhodes and Meigs discussed similar arrangements for Stone’s aides internally, including former national Security consultant Michael Flynn and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones were involved.

Federal prosecutors on Thursday rebuffed the defense’s claim, arguing that messages from sworn-in laypeople demonstrate ambitions beyond providing protection for Trump allies.

“This will be DC rally number three,” Rhodes wrote, referring to Trump’s rally on January 6. “Getting a little old. They don’t give a [sh**] Many appear and wave a sign, pray, or shout. They won’t be afraid of us until we come with a rifle in hand.”

Whitney Drew, a former FBI special agent who investigated the January 6 attack before leaving the bureau, told the jury about the various channels of communication that Oath Keepers used to coordinate their movement on the day of the attack. . Militia members used Zello, a walkie-talkie app, to inform each other about their whereabouts, police activities, and updates about Congress, which they read in the news.

A few days earlier, Rhodes encouraged fellow militia members to wear protective equipment, even urging them to bring camera-equipped reconnaissance drones to Washington on the day of the attack. “Now it [n**] Cuttin time,” Rhodes wrote. “Does Trump have [b****] Or not? We’re going to find out.”

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