The names of the mother and daughter of Georgia election workers who testified memorably before the House committee on Jan. 6 have been found on a “death list” maintained by an alleged leader of the militant group Oath Keepers, according to court documents.
Ruby Freeman and Wandrea “Shaye” Moss gave heartbreaking testimony before the House committee in June that they were the target of racist attacks and threats for doing their jobs as election workers following baseless claims by Donald Trump that the 2020 presidential election was rigged. .
“I lost my name and I lost my reputation,” Ruby Freeman said in a pre-recorded interview that aired during the hearing. “I lost my sense of security. All because a group of people, starting with number 45 and his ally Rudy Giuliani, decided to scapegoat me to push their own lies about how the presidential election was stolen.
Moss, Freeman’s daughter, testified that she no longer felt safe leaving the house.
The women’s names were written on a pad of paper labeled “death list” found by police at the home of alleged oath-keeper Thomas Caldwell, according to court documents.
Caldwell, a Navy veteran who once worked as a section chief for the FBI, is one of nine alleged oath keepers who have been charged with seditious conspiracy following the January 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol. .
Caldwell is also charged with obstruction of official process, destruction of government property and unlawful entry into buildings or restricted grounds, according to the complaints against him. He was known to the group as “Commander Tom,” authorities said.
Federal prosecutors revealed the existence of the “death list” earlier this month, but they did not name the workers. But a responding court filing from Caldwell’s attorney revealed their identities in footnote references, as Politico’s Kyle Cheney pointed out.
Caldwell’s attorney claimed in his filing on Friday that the list was nothing more than a harmless “notepad.”
“This document is not a ‘list’, but rather a notepad. The words ‘death list’ are written in all caps, while the rest of the writing on the notepad is written in both upper and lower case,” argued the defense’s motion to exclude evidence from the notepad in the case against Caldwell.
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