DOJ alleges militia leader 'was awaiting direction from President Trump' in Capitol riot charges

Trump supporters attacking the Capitol.
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The Department of Justice has directly linked former President Donald Trump's words with inciting the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.

Jessica Watkins, one of the leaders of the far-right militia group Oath Keepers, was charged last month with conspiracy and other counts after allegedly organizing and leading a group of people to attack the Capitol on Jan. 6. And in a Thursday filing, federal prosecutors alleged Watkins "believed she was responding to the call from then-President Donald Trump himself," CNN reports.

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Kathryn Krawczyk

Kathryn is a graduate of Syracuse University, with degrees in magazine journalism and information technology, along with hours to earn another degree after working at SU's independent paper The Daily Orange. She's currently recovering from a horse addiction while living in New York City, and likes to share her extremely dry sense of humor on Twitter.