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Federal Prosecutors File First Conspiracy Charges Over US Capitol Breach

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Federal Prosecutors File First Conspiracy Charges Over US Capitol Breach

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Federal prosecutors have filed one of their first conspiracy cases against three people allegedly affiliated with the paramilitary organization known as the Oath Keepers over the breach of the U.S. Capitol earlier this month. In a criminal complaint (pdf) filed on Tuesday, prosecutors allege Thomas Edward Caldwell, 65, of Clarke County, Virginia, had a leadership role in Oath Keepers and conspired with others to “forcibly storm” the Capitol building on Jan. 6. The complaint also names Donovan Crowl, 50, from Ohio, and Jessica Watkins, 38, from Ohio, as alleged co-conspirators in that plan. Crowl and Watkins were allegedly part of the paramilitary group. The three individuals and others had communicated with one another in advance of the breach and planned their attack, FBI Special Agent Michael Palian alleged in his affidavit. Palian said he had reviewed footage of the Jan. 6 event and observed eight to 10 individuals wearing paramilitary equipment attempting to …

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