Gee, it doesn’t sound like an organic storming of the Capitol after all! (Emphasis mine):
Kelly Meggs, the Florida leader of the Oath Keepers, said in private messages obtained by prosecutors that he’d been in touch repeatedly with Proud Boys leadership in particular. He said he had worked out a strategy to confront potential violence from antifa, a loosely organized collection of left-wing extremists. Meggs has been charged along with nine others with conspiring to stop Congress from certifying the 2020 election.
“This week I organized an alliance between Oath Keepers, Florida 3%ers, and Proud Boys,” Meggs wrote in a Dec. 19 message to an associate via Facebook. “We have decided to work together and shut this shit down.”
Of course their lawyers have been saying that, you know, those proud patriots were only going to battle Antifa (which doesn’t exist, so good luck with that).
But prosecutors say that any advance planning by the groups — plus a growing body of evidence that the Oath Keepers coordinated their Capitol entry and rallied to the group’s leader, Stewart Rhodes, at an appointed time — suggests their intentions weren’t limited to battling antifa.
So how coordinated were they?
Meggs’ messages indicated that just days before the Jan. 6 attack, he and others anticipated that Trump would invoke the Insurrection Act, which they viewed as permission to aid his effort to stay in power.
“Trump’s staying in, he’s gonna use the emergency broadcast system on cell phones to broadcast to the American people. Then he will claim the insurrection act,” Meggs wrote in a Dec. 26 Facebook message.
“Any idea when?” an associate replied.
“Next week,” Meggs said. “Then wait for the 6th when we are all in dc to insurrection.”
Well, that seems pretty specific, Proud Boys are in!
But what about the Oaf Keepers?
In another batch of messages released Wednesday afternoon, prosecutors revealed an exchange between Oath Keepers Donovan Crowl and Jessica Watkins discussing plans to abscond to Kentucky should efforts to stop Biden’s inauguration fail.
Watkins, under the pseudonym “Jolly Roger,” wrote to Crowl in a Facebook message that the group’s “bugout plan” included upward of 20 Oath Keepers settling on land on “hundred’s of acres” of a Kentucky mountainside she said was located about two hours south of an ally’s property.
“Solar power, clean mountain spring, the whole 9,” Watkins indicated. “Tons of tree cover too. Good defense against pesky drone surveillance.”
Watkins added that the mountain location “gives us the high ground, and makes tunneling out fighting positions great (above water line).” She said the group would “be like the NVA” — the North Vietnamese Army during the Vietnam War — and “network tunnels.”
Crowl called the proposal a “great idea.”
When you have an escape plan, that definitely shows premeditation.
Related: the calls are coming from inside the house!