A leader of a far-right militia involved in the storming of Capitol Hill had “awaited instructions” from then-US President Donald Trump in the days preceding. Jessica Watson of the Oath Keepers militia said so, prosecutors say CNN Thursday.
The statement could be important to Trump’s trial. Democratic prosecutors will continue to provide evidence later Thursday to show Trump incited his supporters into rebellion. They believe Trump should be punished for his role in the attack.
Watson says he is the leader of the Oath Keepers in the state of Ohio. She and two other members of this paramilitary group are accused by the US prosecutor of conspiracy in the violent attack on the Parliament building in Washington on January 6.
Justice previously said the three exchanged messages between them that would demonstrate that they had largely planned and prepared for the attack.
Democrats try to prove Trump gave instructions
On the third day of Trump’s trial, prosecutors then showed evidence that the violent perpetrators on Capitol Hill were acting on his instructions.
Democratic Representative Diana DeGette said their statements show that they acted “on his instructions and to comply with his wishes.” They would be convinced that they cannot be punished.
Not only are the Oath Keepers saying they were waiting for signals from Trump. Far-right group Proud Boys, as well as Jacob Chansley, the man who entered the Capitol in animal skin and with horns, said they followed the former president’s instructions.