Senior Oath Keeper Official Brags They Have 'Active-Duty' Law Enforcement Members

Written by on April 19, 2021

Jim Arroyo, a senior determine within the far-right militia group the Oath Keepers, advised “60 Minutes” the group has acquired coaching from “active-duty regulation enforcement” personnel, however he tried to distance the bigger paramilitary motion from the members charged in reference to the U.S. Capitol riot.

“Our guys are very skilled. We now have active-duty regulation enforcement in our group which can be serving to to coach us,” Arroyo, the vp of the Oath Keepers’ largest chapter, in Arizona, stated within the interview. “We will mix in with our regulation enforcement ― the truth is, in a whole lot of instances, our coaching is way more superior due to our army backgrounds.”

A dozen members of the Oath Keepers have been charged in reference to the Jan. 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol, a part of a broader effort by federal investigators to find out how the riot was organized. Prosecutors have alleged that some members of the paramilitary group could have plotted earlier than the riot to assault the Capitol and cease the certification of the presidential election. 

Arroyo, who was not on the Capitol through the riot, advised “60 Minutes” the Arizona chapter has splintered from the nationwide group, half of a bigger schism amongst far-right teams after the Jan. 6 assault. 

He didn’t condone the violence through the assault, and distanced himself from Stewart Rhodes, the founding father of the Oath Keepers, in addition to different members of the group who’ve been charged as a part of a conspiracy case linked to the riot. Rhodes himself has not been charged with any wrongdoing, however federal prosecutors are stated to be focusing on him as a part of their investigations.

“I wish to congratulate Stewart Rhodes and his 10 militia buddies for profitable first place within the final dumbass contest, ’trigger that’s what it was,” Arroyo advised “60 Minutes.” “That goes in opposition to every little thing we’ve ever taught, every little thing we consider in. It was pre-planned. It was pre-staged. Ten guys go and do one thing silly, and immediately we’re the satan.”

Jon Schaffer, a member of the Oath Keepers, pleaded responsible final week to prices stemming from his position within the riot, and agreed to cooperate with the federal government.

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