Oath Keeper Jessica Watkins’ defense attorney said Saturday in a court filing that she was in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 6 to “provide security” for the speakers at the rally from President Donald Trump, Bloomberg News reported Sunday.
She stood about 50 feet off stage and had a much more “formal” role in the rally than a regular participant would have. Watkins’ attorney explained that this is the reason that she deserves to be granted bail.
CNN’s Pamela Brown said that Watkins’ gave a VIP ticket to the rally ahead of the Jan. 6 rally, and that she “met with Secret Service Agents and provided security for legislators that day.”
That’s disputed in a statement by the Secret Service, however.
“To carry out its protective functions on Jan. 6, the U.S. Secret Service relied on the assistance of various government partners. Any assertion that the Secret Service employed private citizens to perform those functions is false,” said USSS spokesperson in a statement.
Rep. Debbie Dingle (D-MI) said that there were two types of people who came to the rally, those who intended to do harm and those who wanted to stop the certification process. She noted she doesn’t have all of the information and that it isn’t clear which group Watkins falls into. However, she said that the report revealed that there was far more of an organized effort around the Jan. 6 event than was previously known.
She went on to comment that the House is working this week to get all of the facts about the incident, including if there were rioters brought to the Capitol the day before as part of a reconnaissance effort.
“I saw people touring the Capitol the day before when we weren’t supposed to have any tourists in the Capitol,” Dingle said. “They found places in the Capitol I can’t find and most people would say I’ve pretty much been around the Capitol for a while. So, we need information. We need to understand what happened. We need to understand who organized, how it got organized, and we need to find a way we’re going to keep the Capitol, one of the most visible symbols of our democracy safe and yet keep it open for the American people.”
Dingle expects Congressional hearings to reveal more information for members than was cited in the impeachment trial.
Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) complained this week that the House impeachment managers had more information than the members of the Senate did about the Jan. 6 attack. The hearings could help members who weren’t able to hear previous hearings on the issue.
See the interview with the congresswoman below: