One thing the structure of the sedition indictment did was hide the current state of understanding about the back-and-forth between the Oath Keepers and those at the Willard the day of the attack. Even as it did that, there are hints of other interlocutors of the Oath Keepers.
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Perhaps to increase paranoia, the sedition indictment adopts a new naming convention that helps to obscure who has flipped against other Oath Keepers.
In an article asking whether prosecutors are investigating Trump, the Washington Post buried evidence that prosecutors believe Rudy has ties to the militias who organized the event in paragraph 30.
The many investigations into aspects of Trump’s coup attempt each focus on parts of a much bigger conspiracy. And until we see all those pieces we won’t see how they all work together. But there are increasing signs that others are putting those pieces together.
DOJ has confirmed that Brandon Straka is getting a ridiculously lenient plea deal because he “cooperated” with the government. That said, their sentencing memorandum includes more questions than answers.
The sedition indictment against Stewart Rhodes may be an important tool to move up the food chain.
The effort to spark an insurrection at the Capitol was one implemented not by “foot solders,” but some highly trained veterans, including an alarming number of Marines. And the network of people who stoked the normies to serve as useful bodies to this effort ties via just one or two steps right to Trump.
Proof that Trump had already sown the seeds of a violent riot when he asked DOJ to lay the groundwork for the Green Bay Sweep is what changes the (as Judge Mehta described it) legal conspiracy to sow distrust in the election into an illegal conspiracy, with demonstrated mens rea of corrupt intent, to obstruct the vote count.
A long hearing in several lawsuits against Trump and others for January 6 leaves just two key takeaways, in my opinion: Don Jr is probably in the clear based on his fruitless effort to get his dad to call the riot off, and it’s fairly uncontroversial to claim the Oath Keepers and Proud Boys entered into a conspiracy together.
Last week, proceedings pertaining to seven men who likely have insight into the breach of the East door suggested some of them might plead, which might lead to more information on that breach. But in both cases, they said it would take at least two more months to get there.