A leader of the far-right Oath Keepers group who was charged in connection with the US Capitol riot claims she was in Washington D.C. on Jan. 6 to “present safety” on the pro-Trump rally and met with Secret Service brokers, based on court docket filings.
Jessica Watkins, 38, was allegedly given a “VIP cross” to the rally the place then-President Donald Trump spoke earlier than the siege, her attorneys wrote in a protection petition filed Saturday.
“Ms. Watkins was current not as an insurrectionist, however to supply safety to the audio system on the rally, to supply escort for the legislators and others to march to the Capitol as directed by the then president, and to soundly escort protesters away from the Capitol to their automobiles and vehicles on the conclusion of the protest,” the submitting states.
“She was given a VIP cross to the rally. She met with Secret Service brokers.”
The Ohio native is one in all 9 folks linked to the Oath Keepers charged with conspiring to storm the Capitol in an try to stop Congress from certifying President Biden’s election victory.
Prosecutors allege members of the anti-government group coordinated as early as November to assault the Capitol.
The Afghanistan battle veteran can also be accused of forcibly coming into the Capitol constructing throughout the siege, “with a line of people carrying Oath Keeper clothes, patches, and insignia.”
However in Saturday’s submitting, her attorneys claimed that she “didn’t have interaction in any violence or drive on the Capitol grounds or in the Capitol.”
Watkins, who has been detained since mid-January, pleaded not responsible to the conspiracy prices.
She is asking to be launched to residence confinement whereas awaiting trial, noting she is in danger for “harsh remedy” as a transgender lady.
A Secret Service consultant mentioned that any assertion the company employed personal residents to carry out safety on Jan. 6 “is fake.”
With Submit wires