In one filing, prosecutors included a photo meant to tie two alleged Oath Keepers accused of conspiracy to one another — and the photo showed them apparently standing next to Stone at an event to promote his books.
In another court filing, two others in the right-wing paramilitary group who are accused of storming the US Capitol discussed via text message being Stone’s security in Washington around January 6.
Stone has denied knowing of any plans to storm the Capitol or commit crimes.
If Trump’s rally “was held to draw persons to DC for the purpose of obstructing the count of the electoral college votes of the states, then one would expect that those prominent national officials would stand charged for their incitement of violence and as leaders and organizers or aiders and abettors in the conspiracy,” Oath Keeper defendant Donovan Crowl’s defense attorney wrote in a court filing on Thursday. No political officials or speakers at the rally have been charged with crimes.
The investigation is still in its earliest stages, and the court filings come as the defendants make requests to be released from jail as they await trial.
Book signing photo
Prosecutors wrote: “Defendant Meggs obviously was acquainted with other members of the Oath Keepers group who stormed the Capitol with her on January 6; the photo below, which was shared on Facebook on December 15, 2020, shows Defendant Meggs (red oval) posing at a book signing with several other individuals, including co-defendant Graydon Young (green oval).”
The group appears to be posing for the photo inside a replica version of the Oval Office.
Stone declined to comment about the photo when asked by CNN.
Texting about Stone
A separate filing from a defense lawyer said that Oath Keeper conspiracy defendants Jessica Watkins and Donovan Crowl had texted about acting as Stone’s security before the insurrection.
Watkins told Crowl on January 1 that they would act as security for Stone “if we end up rolling with the Oathkeepers,” then referred to a plan to be “private security details” in Washington, according to the filing from Crowl’s lawyer on Thursday.
Crowl repeated the idea to another person via text that he would be protecting Stone in DC, according to his court filing. “Will be in DC Tuesday and Wednesday. Part of Roger Stone’s Oathkeeper security detail. Should be fun,” Crowl wrote.
Crowl and Watkins are both seeking to be released from jail pending trial. They maintain they were not violent on January 6 and would not be dangerous if released. They have pleaded not guilty.
Also on Thursday, Watkins told the court that she’s losing her home and the bar she runs in Ohio.
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