Breaking Now: A founding member of the Oath Keepers, who was one of the first to enter the U.S. Capitol on January 6th, has pleaded guilty and is now a cooperating witness for the federal government in its investigation of other members of the Oath Keepers and Proud Boys.
“A founding member of the Oath Keepers arrested in the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol pleaded guilty Friday and agreed to cooperate against others in the case — the first defendant to publicly flip in the sprawling domestic terrorism investigation that has led to charges against more than 410 people,” according to The Washington Post. [emphasis added]
“The plea comes exactly 100 days after Jon Ryan Schaffer and hundreds of other supporters of former president Donald Trump allegedly stormed the Capitol hoping to prevent Joe Biden from being confirmed as the next president. Prosecutors hope Schaffer’s plea spurs others to provide additional evidence in hopes of avoiding long prison sentences.
“The plea marks a new stage in the historic investigation, as prosecutors seek to work up the chain of defendants to gather evidence and better understand the full scope of any planning and organizing of the violence — particularly among groups like the far-right Oath Keepers and the Proud Boys. Dozens of members from both groups appeared to act in concert to storm the building, prosecutors have alleged...
“Schaffer appeared Friday morning before U.S. District Court Judge Amit P. Mehta, who accepted the plea, and a request for Schaffer to be free and allowed to travel while he helps the government and awaits sentencing… [emphasis added]
“The agreement spells out that Schaffer is cooperating, which means his sentence could be cut further if he proves valuable to the ongoing investigation of any other rioters or conspirators. Prosecutors offered to recommend leniency for his full and substantial cooperation, but also made clear Schaffer could be charged with other crimes of violence if they learn of them. [emphasis added]
For more on this extensive report, please go to The Washington Post.
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