A veteran and member of the Oath Keepers testified Wednesday that the far-right staff accumulated extra guns outdoor Washington, DC, on January 6, 2021, than he had noticed since his days within the army.
Terry Cummings instructed the jury all through the second one week of the historic seditious conspiracy trial that he traveled to Washington with a number of contributors of a bunch from Florida, bringing his personal AR-15 rifle and ammunition field to give a contribution to the Fast Response Drive (QRF) allegedly established by means of the gang in a lodge outdoor town.
“I’ve no longer noticed that many guns in a single location since I used to be within the army,” Cummings, who confirmed his rifle and ammunition to the jury all through his testimony, stated.
Cummings, 66, testified he traveled to DC with one of the crucial defendants, Kenneth Harrelson, and was once prompt by means of some other defendant, Kelly Meggs, to take guns as much as a lodge room in Virginia the place the gang was once allegedly staging the QRF.
When requested what his goal was once in bringing the AR-15, Cummings testified that “it will doubtlessly be used, no longer as an offensive state of affairs, however extra as a display of drive,” including that “there were ongoing riots all through the rustic, and it was once for use with the opposite Oath Keeper contributors simply to have (a) presence.”
Cummings has no longer been charged in reference to January 6.
At the evening of January 5, Cummings shared a lodge room with Jason Dolan, an Oath Keeper from Florida who has pleaded accountable to conspiracy, he testified.
When the gang aroused from sleep on January 6, they loaded right into a minivan and went to the Ellipse, Cummings stated. He and different Oath Keepers had been running a safety element for a “VIP,” Cummings instructed the jury, although he couldn’t take into accout the title of the individual he was once assigned to give protection to.
“I wasn’t in point of fact certain on the time [why we left] however we were requested to escort a VIP from the rally to the Capitol,” he testified.
All through the stroll, Meggs knowledgeable the gang that “that they had breached the Capitol,” Cummings stated. Despite the fact that Cummings stated he wasn’t certain on the time who “they,” had been, he was once involved that individuals had been “breaking into or getting into in a space other folks shouldn’t be in.”
The scene on the Capitol when the gang arrived was once like not anything he had ever noticed sooner than, Cummings testified. He described a swarm of other folks everywhere the development, mountain climbing on partitions and “mulling round.”
When different contributors entered the Capitol – allegedly together with Meggs and Harrelson – Cummings stated he was once searching for a rest room. He didn’t know what took place whilst different contributors had been within the development.
When the opposite Oath Keepers left the Capitol and regrouped, “they had been having conversations about having… encountered a Capitol police officer inside of” the development who was once status on stairs and “being faced by means of other folks within the Capitol,” Cummings stated.
“The impact I were given was once they had been satisfied they had been there to interfere in a possible unhealthy state of affairs,” Cummings stated.
All over his whole go back and forth to Washington, DC, Cummings testified on cross-examination, he “didn’t listen of any plans” to typhoon the development.
“At any level all through all of the day, the trip from Florida two days sooner than, tenting out in North Carolina the evening of the fourth, riding from North Carolina at the 5th… did you ever listen any human being discussing the actions you noticed on January 6,” James Lee Brilliant, a protection lawyer for Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes, requested Cummings.
“No,” He spoke back. If he had heard the ones forms of conversations, Cummings stated, he would have “became round” and reported the gang to legislation enforcement.
He was once additionally no longer conscious about any order from Rhodes to turn on the QRF, Cummings instructed the jury, including that the Oath Keepers he was once with didn’t carry guns into DC as a result of “it’s unlawful to take action.” He additionally testified that he didn’t glance inside of any person’s gun case except for his personal on the QRF and may just no longer verify whether or not there have been in fact firearms inside of.
Harrelson, Meggs, Rhodes, and their codefendants Jessica Watkins and Thomas Caldwell have all pleaded no longer accountable to seditious conspiracy.