Kelly Meggs Posts Before Jan 6 Quoted Wrestler, Memes

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Kelly Meggs in a social media profile photo (left) and as part of the “stack” of members of the Oath Keepers militia group approaching the Capitol on January 6 (right) (via court documents from the DOJ)

Jurors in the high-profile case against Oath Keepers members accused of seditious conspiracy in connection with the U.S. Capitol siege saw messages from the group’s leader in Florida on Thursday, as prosecutors sought to back the theory that senior leaders were recruiting and preparing for violence in Washington, DC prior to January 6.

FBI Special Agent Testimony Kelsey Harris thursday morning highlighted posts from Kelly Meggwho led the Florida chapter of the militia-like group Oath Keepers, in the days and weeks leading up to January 6, when supporters of donald trump overwhelmed police forces and stormed the United States Capitol building in an effort to prevent Congress from certifying the Electoral College vote and that of Joe Biden Election victory 2020.

Meggs is accused alongside the founder of Oath Keepers Stewart Rhodesas well as co-defendants Jessica Watkins, Thomas Calwelland Kenneth Harrelson, with seditious conspiracy and other crimes; prosecutors allege they plotted for weeks to forcibly stop the transfer of power and even planned to bring a cache of weapons to the Capitol.

“It’s going to be wild!”

Many of the messages that the prosecutor Louis Manzo discussed with Harris appeared to support the prosecution’s theory that Oath Keepers leaders, including Meggs, had their sights set on January 6, 2021, and recruited members to help them carry out a potentially violent plan.

In late November, for example, Meggs had booked a hotel room at a Quality Inn in Florida as part of an “unconventional warfare” course. Booking records showed that Meggs, with Jeremy Brown – which was related to an explosive-laden motorhome that was allegedly brought to the Washington area around Jan. 6 – and co-accused Joseph Hackett.

On December 22, 2020, Meggs posted on the OKFL Hangout chat, “It’s going to be wild!!! It’s going to be wild!!!”

“He wants us to make it WILD, or so he says,” Meggs said, a possible reference to Trump’s Dec. 19, 2020. “will be wild” Tweeter. “He called us all to the Capitol and wants us to drive him wild!! Chief Yes Chief!!! Gentlemen, we’re heading to DC, pack your shit up!”

A few days later, on Dec. 23, 2020, Meggs appeared to suggest exactly how to “drive it wild.”

“We need to surround the Capitol all around with screaming patriots so they can hear us inside!” Meggs wrote on the OK FL chat. “Scaring them… should do the trick.”

Also on December 23, 2020, Meggs posted a photo of an Oath Keepers flag with the message: “These will be flying January 6 in front of the Capitol!!”

Meggs again seemed to indicate he was ready for violence on December 25, 2020, when he posted a response to a message from Rhodes.

“We have to make these senators very uncomfortable with all of us a few hundred yards away,” Rhodes wrote in the chat. “Our peaceful protests need to have a little more bite[.]”

“There will be blood in the streets no matter what[,]Meggs wrote, apparently in response to Rhodes.

On December 30, 2020, Meggs shared a link to a video from Rumble, a video platform popular on the rightaccompanied by a message.

“I make no suggestions,” Meggs wrote. “But it was sent as an FYI.”

The video showed a man wearing a Trump hat, speaking into a headset, and encouraging Trump supporters to march in large armed groups to Washington, DC beginning around January 2 with a view to arriving there January 4, 2021.

In a post dated Jan. 1, 2021, Meggs says the group may not be able to act “defensively” on Jan. 6. Recalling that “defensive” has become a buzzword in this lawsuit – defendants say the QRF was for defensive use only – Harris confirmed that the opposite of defensive is offensive.

Also on January 1, 2021, Meggs posted to the DC OP group on January 6, 21 his plans to bring an Oathkeepers flag “on a nice thick piece of wood.” He punctuated his message with an emoji representing a tree stump.

“That’ll be enough for me,” added Meggs. “Hacksaw à la Jim Duggan.”

Jim Dugan is a professional wrestler whose promotional photo, presented in evidence by Manzo, shows Duggan shirtless, wearing only blue boxer shorts and waving an American flag and a 2×4 plank of wood. Harris, in an amused voice, said that Duggan uses the flag to attack his opponents.

The jury also saw an image that Meggs posted on Facebook that the defense attorney had hoped to keep out of evidence. On Dec. 23, Meggs shared a meme of a guillotine — a mechanism that causes death by decapitation — shaped like an ad for Home Depot, along with a suggestion on how to spend a $600 Covid-related stimulus.

“Let’s adopt the Q slogan.”

Also on Thursday, jurors saw what appeared to be an endorsement of tactics used by QAnon adherents who espouse a complicated conspiracy theory that Trump is the leader of a fight against a global cabal of cannibalistic pedophiles.

“Let’s adopt WWG1WGA’s Q tagline: where we go one, we all go,” Rhodes wrote in a Dec. 21, 2020, post in a Signal discussion group called “OKFL Hangout.”

“We’re canceling TOGETHER,” Rhodes continued. “We challenge TOGETHER. We resist TOGETHER. We defend TOGETHER.

“They’re coming for one of us, they’re coming for all of us,” Rhodes also said. “When they come for us, we go for them. When they hit our leaders, we hit their leaders.

Prior to the start of Constable Harris’ testimony on Thursday morning, the U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta ruled on an issue that hovered over the trial: communications between Rhodes and Kellye Sorelle — a lawyer who declared herself the de facto leader of the Oathkeepers focused towards his own January 6 conspiracy charges – were protected by solicitor-client privilege.

Lawyers for the defendants had argued that they were, in an effort to prevent the jury from seeing the witnesses. Prosecutors argued that defense attorneys had not sufficiently demonstrated that an attorney-client relationship had been established, so the privilege should not apply.

Mehta agreed with prosecutors.

In issuing his hearing ruling, Mehta said the issue was actually “pretty simple” and that the case law has made it clear that only communications seeking legal advice from a lawyer acting in that capacity are protected. Consulting someone who is a lawyer, Mehta said, does not automatically equate to such communication.

The judge determined that a series of messages between Rhodes and SoRelle in late December were “personal” and not privileged. He also found that emails between SoRelle, Rhodes and two political consultants were also unprotected.

It was not immediately clear when the jury would see these communications.

[Images via FBI court filings.]

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