The Jan. 6th committee has released audio footage of several members of a right-wing militia having a conversation in which they spoke about members of Congress and responded live to then-President Donald Trump’s tweets during the Jan. 6th riot.
Using a “walkie-talkie app,” members of the Oath Keepers militia group — some of whom “were inside the Capitol and others who were sharing intelligence from elsewhere,” according to the committee — started by speaking about members of Congress.
Speaker 1: “CNN just said that they evacuated all members of Congress into a safety room.”
Speaker 2: “There’s no safe place in the United States for any of these motherf–kers right now. Let me tell you.”
Speaker 3: “I hope they understand that we are not joking around.”
Speaker 2: “It’s military principle 105, cave means grave.
According to Rolling Stone magazine, Speaker 2 was “suggest[ing] that by abandoning their positions, the lawmakers were sealing their fate.”
The Select Committee has obtained a recording of communications over a walkie-talkie app among Oath Keepers who were inside the Capitol and others who were sharing intelligence from elsewhere.
Listen to how they reacted to President Trump’s 2:38 tweet in real-time. pic.twitter.com/0ZzJ1E37w0
— January 6th Committee (@January6thCmte) September 15, 2022
Speaker 1 then noted that the then-president had just requested via tweet that the Jan. 6th rioters “support” the Capitol Police. In response, another Oath Keeper member pointed out that Trump hadn’t written anything about supporting members of Congress.
Speaker 1: “Trump just tweeted, ‘Please support our Capitol Police. They are on our side. Do not harm them.'”
Speaker 2: “That’s saying a lot, but what he didn’t say, he didn’t say not to do anything to the congressmen.” (laughter)
Speaker 1: “Well, he did not ask them to stand down. He just said, stand by the Capitol Police. They are on our side, and they are good people. So it’s getting real down there. I got it on TV, and it’s, it’s looking pretty friggen radical to me.”
Speaker 1: “CNN said that Trump has egged this on, that he is egging it on, and that he is watching the country burn two weeks before he leaves office. He is not leaving office. I don’t give a shit what they say.”
Notice what Speaker 1 said about Trump “not leaving office.”
The audio footage concluded with a Jan. 6th rioter telling the other speakers that he’d just arrived in the U.S. Capitol’s “main dome”/”mezzanine”.
Speaker 4: “We are in the mezzanine. We are in the main dome right now. We are rocking it. They’re throwing grenades. They’re frickin’ shooting people with paintballs. But we’re in here.”
Speaker 1: “Be safe. God bless and Godspeed and keep going.”
Speaker 5: “Get it, Jess. Do your sh-t! This is what we f–king lived up for. Everything we f–king trained for.”
“The Jan. 6 committee did not provide any other context to the audio shared on Twitter. It is unclear who is speaking on the recordings,” according to Rolling Stone.
What’s known is that at least ten members of the Oath Keepers militia, including leader Stewart Rhodes, are currently on trial facing seditious conspiracy charges. It’s not clear whether Rhodes was one of the voices heard in the recording.
What’s also known is that the group boasts hundreds of relatively medium-profile members.
“The names of hundreds of U.S. law enforcement officers, elected officials and military members appear on the leaked membership rolls of a far-right extremist group that’s accused of playing a key role in the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, according to a report released Wednesday,” the Associated Press recently reported.
“The Anti-Defamation League Center on Extremism pored over more than 38,000 names on leaked Oath Keepers membership lists and identified more than 370 people it believes currently work in law enforcement agencies — including as police chiefs and sheriffs — and more than 100 people who are currently members of the military.”
The ADL also “identified more than 80 people who were running for or served in public office as of early August. The membership information was compiled into a database published by the transparency collective Distributed Denial of Secrets.”
We should be paying more attention to the fact that law enforcement officers, elected officials and military members appear on the Oath Keepers membership lists. https://t.co/JHtfWcDmh9
— Citizens for Ethics (@CREWcrew) September 8, 2022
This only came as a surprise to members of the left. The right has been aware of the Oath Keepers’ membership roll since at least 2015 when they — described then as “a group of former military and police” — appeared in Ferguson, Missouri to protect businesses and private property from violently Black Lives Matter extremists.
“Formed by a former U.S. Army paratrooper, the group pledges to fulfill the oath taken by the nation’s military and police to ‘defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic,’ even if that means defying ‘unconstitutional’ orders and laws,” BizPac Review reported at the time.
Even back then, the media used to call them “extremists.” But after their involvement in the one-day Jan. 6th riot, these accusations ballooned. The media meanwhile continue to talk nicely about Black Lives Matter, an extremist group responsible for billions in damages, hundreds of attacks on police officers, and dozens of deaths.
— luckyman (@luckyman1818) June 29, 2021
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