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Oath Keepers leader, Proud Boys reportedly coordinated before Capitol riots

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A leader in the far-right Oath Keepers said he coordinated with the Proud Boys extremist group about how their members would join forces during the insurrection at the US Capitol, according to Justice Department filing.

Facebook chats in the Tuesday filing show Kelly Meggs discussing his communications with Proud Boys leaders and how he had “orchestrated a plan” with the group.

The filing marks the first time prosecutors have publicly tied allegedly violent efforts of the two right-wing groups closely together, though they have not alleged a sweeping conspiracy before the Jan. 6 riots — and Justice officials don’t believe for now that evidence points to that, CNN reported.

On Dec. 22, Meggs discussed on Facebook the Oath Keepers having 50 to 100 members in DC that day and wrote, “Plus we have made contact with PB and they always have a big group. Force multiplier.”

Members of the far-right group Proud Boys make 'OK' hand gestures indicating "white power," at the US Capitol.
Members of the far-right group Proud Boys make ‘OK’ hand gestures indicating “white power,” at the US Capitol.
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Three days later, Meggs messaged again with a person he urged to come to nation’s capital — providing what prosecutors call a “provisions list” of non-firearm weapons to bring along.

Pro-Trump protesters and Proud Boys gather during the "Million MAGA March" from Freedom Plaza to the US Capitol in Washington, DC on December 12, 2020.
Pro-Trump protesters and Proud Boys gather during the “Million MAGA March” from Freedom Plaza to the US Capitol in Washington, DC on December 12, 2020.
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Meggs also reportedly described in more detail an attack plot with the Proud Boys.

“You can hang with us we will probably be guarding [redacted] or someone during the day but then at night we have orchestrated a plan with the proud boys,” Meggs wrote, according to the Facebook messages cited.

The Justice Department is reportedly considering charging members of the Oath Keepers, including Jessica Watkins (left) and (center) Donovan Ray Crowl, with sedition.
The Justice Department is reportedly considering charging members of the Oath Keepers with sedition.
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“I’ve been communicating with [redacted] the leader. We are going to march with them for awhile then fall back to the back of the crowd and turn off. Then we will have the proud boys get in front of them … we will come in behind antifa and beat the hell out of them.”

In the filing, the Justice Department said it also obtained credit card records of Meggs paying for four hotel rooms from Jan. 5 to Jan. 7, as well an online meeting records that show him holding planning sessions in DC, according to the report.

Meggs has pleaded not guilty and seeks to be released as he awaits trial, CNN reported.

Members of the Oath Keepers provide security to Roger Stone at a rally the night before groups attacked the U.S. Capitol.
Members of the Oath Keepers provide security to Roger Stone at a rally the night before groups attacked the U.S. Capitol.
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The filing comes after The New York Times reported Monday that the Justice Department is considering charging members of the Oath Keepers with sedition for their alleged role in the riots.

Rioters storm the Capitol on January 6, 2021.
Rioters storm the Capitol on January 6, 2021.
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The members — including Thomas Caldwell, Jessica Watkins and Donovan Crowl – have been indicted on charges of conspiring to obstruct Congress’s ability to certify then-President-elect Joe Biden’s election victor, according to The Times.

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