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Entertainment New video shows long-time Trump advisor Roger Stone surrounded by far-right Oath Keepers just hours before the Capitol riot

15:16  06 february  2021
15:16  06 february  2021 Source:   businessinsider.com.au

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  • A new video shows Roger Stone flanked by members of the Oath Keepers militia group on January 6.
  • The video, obtained by ABC News, shows Stone speaking to the men in military-style clothing.
  • Stone denied he took part in the Trump rally and said he wasn't aware who was part of his security.
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A new video released by ABC News on Friday shows longtime Trump advisor Roger Stone standing outside a DC hotel surrounded by members of the Oath Keepers militia group just hours before the deadly Capitol riots on January 6.

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The footage shows Stone taking pictures and shaking hands with Trump supporters outside the Willard InterContinental hotel, located only a few blocks from the White House.

As Stone walks around greeting people, a group of Oath Keepers can be seen following him closely. The men are wearing military-style clothing and other accessories that appear to have Oath Keepers logos on them.

At one point in the video, Stone can be seen exchanging a few words with them.

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Another notable moment in the video is when a supporter off-camera asks Stone: "So, hopefully, we have this today, right?" to which he responds: "We shall see." It's not clear what the two are referring to.


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Watch the moment below:

"I had no advance knowledge of the riot at the Capitol," Stone told ABC News in response to the video. "I could not even tell you the names of those who volunteered to provide security for me, required because of the many threats against me and my family."

The former advisor insisted he did not take part in the "Stop the Steal" rally and repeatedly said that he "never left the site of my hotel until leaving for Dulles Airport" that afternoon, ABC reported.

It had previously been reported that Oath Keepers were travelling with Stone on the day before the Capitol riots as Trump's former adviser was helping to set up the rally, which was held to dispute the results of the 2020 election.

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The ABC News video is the first time there is visual evidence that the militia group was also with him on the day of the insurrection.

Whether the Oath Keepers in the video were participants in Capitol riots, which resulted in five people's deaths, is unclear.

The far-right militia group, which has membership numbers in the tens of thousands, has been accused by the FBI of coordinating an effort to track down lawmakers during the US Capitol building's siege.

Last week, three of their members were charged with conspiracy, obstructing an official proceeding, and destruction of government property, according to the Department of Justice.

The members of the group claim to fulfil the oath that all military and police officers should defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic, according to the Southern Poverty Law Centre.

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Susan Collins of Maine said Trump created a "dangerous situation" and put his "selfish interest" over the interests of the country. "That attack was not a spontaneous outbreak of violence. Rather, it was the culmination of a steady stream of provocations by President Trump that was aimed at overturning the results of the presidential election," said Collins.Collins added that Trump worked to undermine the election results and rile up his followers to "fight" against the reality of President Joe Biden's victory.

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