Secret Service reached out to Oath Keepers before Jan. 6 riot

Secret Service Reached Out To Oath Keepers Before Jan. 6 Riot - 5J5Osucgqui63Pqxrhf6Nogauu

The founder of the Oath Keepers and other leaders of the self-styled militia organization were in contact with Secret Service officials multiple times in late 2020 and leading up to the attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, according to an agency official and court testimony in Stewart Rhodes’s ongoing seditious conspiracy trial.

A former member of the Oath Keepers testified last week that Rhodes, the group’s founder, claimed to be in touch with someone in the Secret Service in the months before the riot. A Secret Service official confirmed that members of the agency’s protective intelligence division reached out to the Oath Keepers in advance of protests in D.C. in November and December as well as the Jan. 6 “Stop the Steal” rally.

Agents regularly engage in such advance contact with protest groups expected to attend public presidential events, the official said. The goal is to explain what items are prohibited and learn more about the protesters’ numbers and plans…

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This article was written by Rachel Weiner and originally published on