Four other oath guards charged the riot on January 6th
Four other members of the extremist Oath Keepers group were charged with storming the US Capitol on January 6th.
Three Florida men – Joseph Hackett, 51, from Sarasota, Jason Dolan, 44, from Wellington and William Isaacs, 21, from Kissimmee – were charged Wednesday for obstructing a joint congressional session to confirm the 2020 presidential election, the Washington Post reported.
They were named in a substitute indictment in the largest conspiracy case that resulted from the riot, bringing the total number of co-defendants to 16, the outlet reported.
The name of a fourth new defendant in the case, unknown to be in custody, has been changed on court records.
The men are believed to be part of the Oath Keepers, a network of extremist groups composed mostly of former law enforcement officers and members of the military, and face a number of charges.
Prosecutors claim they donned camouflage uniforms, tactical vests with plates, helmets and eye protection, and marched one by one up the Capitol steps before entering the building through the doors of the east rotunda, the outlet reported.
The men were in contact with Oath Keepers founder Steven Rhodes, who has not yet been charged with a crime, and were organized by co-defendants who were already charged in the case, prosecutors allege.
Rhodes previously told the Washington Post messages he exchanged with Oath Keepers on the ground as an attempt to get her in one place and “keep her out of anger,” but the recent indictment challenges that narrative, the outlet reported .
Prosecutors claim Rhodes had been discussing plans to forcibly keep Trump in the White House months before the riot and exchanged dozens of messages, calls and other communications with co-defendants before and during the riot.
“We will defend the president, the duly elected president, and ask him to do what must be done to save our country.” Because if you don’t, guys, you’ll find yourself in a bloody, bloody civil war and a bloody one – you can call it a riot or a war or a fight, ”Rhodes reportedly wrote on Nov. 9 in a message to Hackett, two other previously indicted defendants and other supporters of Oath Keepers, the outlet reported.
“I’m ready to sacrifice myself for it,” Rhodes allegedly continued.
“Let the fight begin there. That will honestly give President Trump what he needs. . . . We want him to declare a riot and call us up as a militia. “
Dolan and Isaacs’ attorneys have not returned the sales outlet’s request for comment, and Hackett has no attorney on file.