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Oath Keeper Edward Vallejo Brought Weapons Cache For Jan. 6, Feds Say

One of many Oath Keepers charged in a seditious conspiracy for allegedly planning to disrupt the switch of energy on Jan. 6 had a cache of provides and weapons with him in a lodge in Virginia, prosecutors stated Tuesday. 

In a court filing arguing that Edward Vallejo ought to keep behind bars pending his trial, prosecutors additionally famous that Vallejo had allegedly been ready to usher in firearms and different gear to the Capitol on the day of the assault, and that he continued to search for a approach “to assist the co-conspirators’ mission” even after Jan. 6.

Whereas a lot of the alleged sedition plot passed off on the Capitol itself — within the type of militaristic “stacks” of Oath Keepers who allegedly moved in formation to breach the Capitol — prosecutors say Vallejo was a part of the group’s “fast response pressure,” staged at a lodge throughout the Potomac River in Arlington, Virginia. There have been allegedly three groups on the pressure, one every from Florida, North Carolina and Arizona, the latter of which included Vallejo.

Surveillance video stills from the lodge included within the authorities’s submitting Tuesday purported to indicate Vallejo (left) within the means of wheeling in “baggage and huge bins of weapons, ammunition, and important provides to final 30 days.” 

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Prosecutors stated Vallejo was “awaiting deployment,” although orders by no means got here for him to affix the combat. Nonetheless, they stated, he was a “central participant” within the plot to oppose the switch of energy. 

“He volunteered to journey throughout the nation to assist this plot; stationed himself in a lodge room filled with firearms, ammunition, and gear; affirmed his dedication to the mission throughout the Capitol assault; and expressed assist for the plot within the rapid aftermath of the assault,” prosecutors wrote. 

Vallejo, they added, “was ready to make use of pressure in opposition to the federal government of america of America and there’s nothing to recommend that he has modified his views.” 

Vallejo was one in all simply two newly named indictees within the latest seditious conspiracy indictment introduced final week. The remainder of the alleged co-conspirators within the indictment had already been charged with different offenses. Stewart Rhodes, the chief of the Oath Keepers, was the one different indictee who had not been charged earlier than. 

In keeping with the indictment, because the assault occurred, Vallejo reminded different Oath Keepers that the QRF was able to go. 

“QRF standing by at lodge,” he allegedly wrote to a bunch chat. “Simply say the phrase…”

And later, after allegedly declaring “We’re at WAR,” prosecutors say Vallejo tried unsuccessfully to launch a camera-equipped drone. 

By dusk, Vallejo allegedly wrote, “We’ll be again to 6am to do it once more. We bought meals for 30 days” and “Now we have solely [begun] to combat … ‘After Motion Experiences’ will probably be dated 1/21/21” — an obvious reference to Joe Biden’s Jan. 20 inauguration day. 

The courtroom submitting Tuesday asserted that Vallejo’s appeals to violence throughout the assault weren’t spur-of-the-moment. 

In a podcast interview on the morning of Jan. 6, prosecutors alleged, Vallejo “introduced his intention to make use of violence” to repair what he perceived as a damaged electoral system.

“You recognize what I’ve been telling folks? I’ve been telling folks for years I’m the man that everyone stated, ‘no Ed, you possibly can’t shoot them but, it’s too quickly. No Ed, you possibly can’t shoot the bastards but, it’s too quickly,’” he allegedly stated. “Effectively I’ve been telling them for about 5, six months in the past. They stop telling me.”

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Prosecutors say Vallejo stayed energetic even after police had taken again management of the Capitol. At 5:46 a.m. the morning following the assault, for instance, he messaged a bunch chat, “We’re going to probe their protection line proper now 6 am they need to allow us to in. We’ll see.” 

Citing a Twitter account that they stated belonged to Vallejo, prosecutors argued that he was nonetheless defending the Jan. 6 assault — “There was NO INSURRECTION on J6 only a peaceable protest,” the account wrote lately — and asserting his willingness to make use of violence.

Final month, they famous, he wrote: “I HAVE NEWS FOR YOU … you’ll NEVER obtain ‘vaccine equality’ so long as I, and others like me, are alive! … I’ll DIE first, and that’s solely after I run out of AMMUNITION!” 

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