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Oath Keepers Face First Conspiracy Charges Over Capitol Riot

  • Three with far-right group accused of plotting ahead of Jan. 6
  • The charge is a step up from those filed by prosecutors before
A demonstrator wears an Oath Keepers badge on a protective vest outside the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 5.

A demonstrator wears an Oath Keepers badge on a protective vest outside the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 5.

Photographer: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg
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Three members of the far-right group Oath Keepers are facing the first conspiracy charges to arise from the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, with prosecutors alleging they plotted to disrupt the electoral vote confirmation of President-elect Joe Biden.

Thomas Edward Caldwell, Jessica Marie Watkins and Donovan Ray Crowl were charged Tuesday by federal prosecutors in Washington with conspiracy as well as obstruction of official proceedings and destruction of government property, among other charges. Caldwell, 65, served as a leader in “planning and coordinating” the breach of the Capitol, the government claims. The riot by supporters of President Donald Trump left five people dead and sent lawmakers fleeing for safety.