Six people who guarded Roger Stone entered Capitol during attack: NYT

At least six people seen guarding Trump ally Roger Stone entered the Capitol during the Jan. 6 attack, The New York Times reported on Sunday. 

The Times reviewed hundreds of videos and photos, as well as research from the Capitol Terrorist Exposers, that showed the six people, all associated with the Oath Keepers, guarding Stone on Jan. 5 and 6 and later inside the Capitol during the breach. 

Stone made two public appearances on Jan. 5, near the Supreme Court and later by the White House, during which five of the individuals were seen providing security for Trump’s longtime friend, according to video analyzed by the Times. One of the people identified by the Times drove Stone in a golf cart that afternoon. 

Footage shows Stone outside the Willard InterContinental hotel the following morning ahead of the raid, while accompanied by the sixth individual singled out in the report, in his only public appearance.

Videos taken at the Capitol later that day show all six of the individuals inside the building during the breach. The footage shows some of them meeting up with other Oath Keepers, who have since been charged, and others in hallways. 

Stone wrote in a statement last week that he “saw no evidence whatsoever of illegal activity by any members” of the Oath Keepers, noting that if evidence emerged “they should be prosecuted,” according to the Times. 

The Oath Keepers are a far-right militia that the Southern Poverty Law Center has designated as the “largest radical antigovernment group in the U.S. today.” The Justice Department has announced three members are facing conspiracy charges over their alleged role in the Capitol attack. 

Footage of Stone outside of the Willard InterContinental on Jan. 6, along with members of the Oath Keepers, was first released by ABC News earlier this month. 

“I had no advance knowledge of the riot at the Capitol,” Stone told ABC News at the time. “I could not even tell you the names of those who volunteered to provide security for me, required because of the many threats against me and my family.”

Stone has been a longtime supporter of Trump and was pardoned by the former president after he was convicted of obstructing a congressional investigation. 

On Saturday, the Senate acquitted Trump after the House impeached him last month on one charge of inciting the violence at the Capitol.

The Justice Department has arrested more than 200 people involved in the Capitol riot, including several people who claim they were following Trump’s directions. Five people, including a Capitol Police officer, died due to injuries sustained on Jan. 6. 

Tags Capitol Capitol breach Capitol raid Capitol riot Donald Trump Oath Keepers Roger Stone Security The New York Times
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