FBI transcript reveals Oath Keepers dined at Olive Garden after storming the Capitol: report

FBI transcript reveals Oath Keepers dined at Olive Garden after storming the Capitol: report
US Capitol Grounds East Plaza off First Street and East Capitol Street, Washington DC on Wednesday afternoon, 6 January 2021 by Elvert Barnes Photography

A new transcript released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) revealed that a group of U.S Capitol insurrection defendants associated with the far-right extremist group The Oath Keepers visited an Olive Garden restaurant for dinner following the Jan. 6 insurrection.

The latest details were filed in association with a case involving more than one dozen Oath Keepers. The group members are currently facing a multitude of federal charges including "conspiracy to obstruct Congress, obstruction of an official proceeding, and destruction of government property," according to Business Insider.

Some of the details in the report are based on an interview with an unidentified individual who was reportedly with the group of defendants who went to the restaurant after the riots. According to the FBI transcript, the group of individuals discussed former President Donald Trump, veterans, the Insurrection Act, and the "girl that was shot," which is likely a reference to Ashli Babbitt, the Capitol rioter who was fatally shot by police.

As part of the indictment, prosecutors also detailed the timeline leading up to the Capitol riots indicating that the group began planning to storm the federal building "as early as November." Like many other far-right groups that attended the insurrection on the Capitol, The Oath Keepers are also said to have utilized social media to plan their travels in preparation for their trip to Washington, D.C.

According to prosecutors, one of the defendants, Kelly Meggs, also wrote about the impending plans in a Facebook post.

"Trump said It's gonna be wild!!!!!!! It's gonna be wild!!!!!!! He wants us to make it WILD that's what he's saying. He called us all to the Capitol and wants us to make it wild!!! Sir Yes Sir!!! Gentlemen we are heading to DC pack your s---!!" Meggs wrote in a Facebook post on December 22. Trump tweeted days prior: "Big protest in D.C. on January 6th. Be there, will be wild!"

As of December 9, the DOJ has brought charges against more than 700 individuals for their alleged participation in the U.S. Capitol riots. Per Business Insider, the charges include "conspiracy, assaulting police officers, violent entry and disorderly conduct, and entering and remaining in a restricted building illegally."


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