Unidentified ‘Person 10’ Probed in Connection to Capitol Riot

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Prosecutors in the Capitol riot case appear to be getting closer to tying Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes to what they believe is a wide-ranging conspiracy to assault Congress on Jan. 6. The case now has 12 defendants. The prosecutors say the group exchanged 19 phone calls over three hours on Jan. 6, coinciding with the first assault on police barricades protecting the U.S. Capitol,   reports the Washington Post. Neither Rhodes nor an unidentified defendant “Person 10,” who was allegedly put in charge of the operations by Rhodes, has been charged. Rhodes has denied any plan to enter the Capitol and accused prosecutors of trying to manufacture a nonexistent conspiracy. In a statement announcing the new charges, the Justice Department said the defendants engaged in “frequent and consistent communication leading up to the attack.” The 25-page indictment handed up Wednesday and made public Thursday lays out a more intricate timeline of travel, lodging and payment arrangements for Rhodes, Person 10 and the dozen co-defendants. The charges also presented a seemingly minute-by-minute glimpse of their communications at key moments of the Capitol attack.

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