Another Oath Keeper with links to Roger Stone charged in Capitol riot

Source: Politico | March 9, 2021 | Kyle Cheney and Josh Gerstein

Joshua James was arrested in his home state of Alabama.

A second member of the Oath Keepers militia who provided security to longtime Donald Trump adviser Roger Stone has been charged with storming and breaching the Capitol.

Joshua James, who has been seen in photos flanking Stone ahead of the Jan. 6 riot, was later seen on camera inside the building amid a crush of rioters who overran police.

Court records show James, 33, was arrested in his home state of Alabama on Tuesday and appeared before a federal magistrate judge in Birmingham. Prosecutors there asked that he be detained pending trial. A bail hearing was set for Thursday.

The arrest — made public a day after prosecutors revealed they had charged fellow Oath Keeper and Stone security guard Roberto Minuta for entering the Capitol — is the latest evidence that prosecutors are homing in on the extremist group with key ties to organizers of pro-Trump ”Stop the Steal” events. About a dozen Oath Keepers have been charged among the more than 250 Capitol rioters identified by authorities.

The filings also make no secret of the Oath Keepers’ connection to Stone, both linking to a New York Times article that described their connection to the Trump ally in the days and hours before the Capitol siege. Just before referencing that news article, the affidavit used to obtain an arrest warrant for James describes him as part of “a security detail for a speaker at the ‘Stop the Steal’ rallies and events.”

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