The newly named sworn defendants are Joseph Hackett, “Ahab,” Jason Dolan, who went from “Turmoil,” and William Issac, all from Florida. The fourth new defendant’s name and alleged actions are still amended.
The defendants sworn in are all accused of participating in the conspiracy as well as entering the restricted grounds of the Capitol. For example, Isaac reportedly shouted, “The fight is not over” once when the Oath Keepers group reached inside the building, and waved the rioters into the hallway toward the Senate, according to the indictment.
In the new charging document, five of the first named defendants now face additional charges for allegedly removing their social media or cell phone activity.
It is not uncommon for prosecutors to rewrite and gradually expand the charges in such a large case – especially as an investigation is ongoing, as is apparently the case with regard to January 6, and they will be looking for new contacts. Identify and want to pressure existing defendants.
All sworn defenders who have gone before a district judge in Washington, DC so far in the case have pleaded not guilty. Prosecutors flipped a cooperative more than a month ago that was charged in a separate Capitol riot case and had deep ties to the group.
Several sworn defense defendants are set for a court check-in hearing in D.C. on Tuesday.
Isaac, Hackett and Dolan were each arrested in Florida last week.
Lawyers for Isaac and Dolan did not immediately respond to requests for comment, and attorney information for Hackett was not available on Sunday.
Quick reaction force
On Friday, the same day a grand jury approved the new indictment, Justice Department prosecutors were describing in court filings what else they learned about the group’s so-called quick-response force, allegedly guns in the Northern Virginia Rest Attempt to bring the inn as a backup for the siege.
Friday’s filing described what prosecutors consider to be the organizer of the QRF, a North Carolina man identified as “Person Three”. Anonymity means that the person cannot be arrested and charged at this time – and the person is not one of the three newly charged defendants.
The man came to the Capitol area, walked over to a long object covered with a sheet that might have been a gun in the Bolston Comfort Inn hotel room where the Oath Keepers were gathering, and wrote on the messaging app signal that he would transport the boat Was looking into, according to prosecutors.
Previously, prosecutors described how the Oath Keepers gathered and hid weapons at the Comfort Inn, and Virginia defendant Thomas Caldwell had allegedly concocted an idea to throw weapons into the Potomac River to aid in the Capitol siege .
There was also discussion of collecting weapons for backup among Floridians associated with the group. In the Florida Signal Chat, another Oath Keeper defendant, Jessica Watkins, allegedly wrote on January 4, “Where can we leave the weapons to the QFR team? I want to keep the weapons safe before the operation before tomorrow,” according to Prosecution
The indictment also describes how most oath-taking defendants are accused of participating in a military-like formation to cut through the crowd to enter the Capitol.
This story has been updated with additional information.