A meeting between the leaders of Trump’s co-founder Joshua Masias և Proud Boys and Oath Keepers could lead to the imprisonment of the 43-year-old naval veteran, District Attorney Larry Krasner said on Monday.
Macias: He is currently awaiting trial on charges of illegal possession of weapons and interference in the 2020 elections. He: was arrested for the first time Antonio Lamotta On November 5, 2020, after Norfolk, Va. Police in Philadelphia alerted authorities that: led by two men to the center of the Pennsylvania Convention with a silver hammer, armed with rifles and ammunition.
Police found the men և the car with the QAnon stickers on the windshield overnight. In addition to the fact that both men were armed with pistols, there was also an AR-15 with more than 100 bullets in the car seat. Whether or not Lamotta did not have a gun license, Masias had a hidden transportation permit from Virginia, which is not recognized in Pennsylvania.
The video of the meeting was the first to report The Washington Post: և introduces Masias in the undisclosed parking lot with Proud Boys boss Enrique Tario և Oath Keepers boss Stuart Rhodes. Tarion և Rhodes has since been accused of plotting to overthrow the US Capitol.
Both right-wing extremist groups have been described by Krasner as “the backbone” of the insurgency. The footage was found as part of a documentary made by Nicholas Questd in the months leading up to the January 6 uprising.
“When we first met these two defendants (Masias և Lamotta), we realized it was serious,” Krasner said. “But we thought they were medium-sized fish. We thought they were not sharks. Stewart is a shark. Enrique Tario is a shark. And who do they meet in this underground parking lot, who do they choose to meet face to face … face to face, so there is no electronic communication that can be traced back? Why do we meet underground? There were only four or five people at this meeting, and now that meeting is being canceled to show that there was a special agreement between the Proud Boys and the Proud Boys. The guardians of the oath in advance. And who was there with them?
Masias and Lamotta participated in the “Stop Theft” rally in Washington on January 6, 2021. Masias spoke during the riots near the US Capitol, comparing former Vice President Mike Pence with Benedict Arnold, while Lamotta actually entered the Capitol building. said Krasner.
Whether or not Masias has been charged with anything directly related to the uprising, Krasner believes his participation in the meeting shows that investigators should “radically reconsider” whether Masias took the January 6 Capitol riots as seriously as the extremists. the leaders. .
The district prosecutor had previously asked the judge in the Masias case cancel his bail, which was set at $ 850,000 earlier this year. In a previous press conference announcing the DAO’s actions, Krasner said Masias had shown his “disregard for criminal law, the sacred principles underlying our democracy.”
“As the whole world’s country is following the January 6 hearing, I think we are all reminded of how close we were to losing this experience of democracy,” said MP Malcolm Kenyatta. “Standing outside this building (the center of the Convention) where democracy was so prevalent, while the votes were being counted, we had a dangerous person who, thank God, was eavesdropped on.”
Kenyatta said Democratic state lawmakers in the state House of Representatives spent months after the 2020 presidential election working to combat allegations of widespread electoral fraud. Republican leaders և: Former President Donald Trump.
He said many officials who worked to secure the election in the months leading up to the uprising had been attacked and threatened with death. It is noteworthy that former city commissioner Al Schmidt received death threats against his entire family after Trump tweeted about the election. Schmidt testified January 6 Electoral Commission during his ongoing public hearings on Monday morning, detailing the threats he had received.
At the end of the week, Masias will have a scandalous hearing regarding the violation of his bail conditions. Krasner said that given the appearance of this video, Masias should be “locked up” while he awaits trial.