Four more defendants associated with Oath Keepers have been added to the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) conspiracy case related to the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol that left five people dead including a Capitol police officer, CNN reported, citing a new indictment made public in D.C. District Court.
This brings the number of co-defendants charged in case to 16 with five previously charged defendants facing additional charges for allegedly deleting their social media or cell phone activity. According to the Washington Post, criminal charges were laid against at least 19 suspected Oath Keepers or associates.
These include Florida residents Joseph Hackett, Jason Dolan and William Isaacs and a fourth person whose name and alleged actions were redacted, as well as Indiana rock musician Jon Ryan Schaffer, 53, the only Oath Keepers member known to have pleaded guilty over the deadly Jan. 6 siege.
They face charges alleging they not only took part in the attack but coordinated their actions beforehand and communicated during the event.
According to CNN, this conspiracy case is the largest against any far-right extremist group that participated in the insurrection at the Capitol in an attempt to stop Congress from certifying President Biden’s Electoral College victory.
Oath Keepers is a loose network of mostly self-styled citizen founded in 2009 that includes some that target law enforcement and military members.