Tucker Carlson has interviewed Thomas Caldwell three times since January 6.
Caldwell has been charged with seditious conspiracy and faces up to 20 years in prison.
Caldwell organized the Oath Keepers rapid reaction force teams, according to an unsealed indictment.
Since the Capitol insurgency, Fox News commentator Tucker Carlson has repeatedly interviewed Thomas Caldwell, who was indicted Thursday by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on seditious conspiracy charges for his role in coordinating the attack on the Oaths. Keepers, Media Matters reported.
Caldwell first joined “Tucker Carlson Tonight” in October 2021. During his appearance, he said he had never entered the Capitol and was not part of the Oath Keepers, an anti-government paramilitary organization far-right, according to Media Matters.
A January 2021 FBI affidavit revealed the extent of Caldwell’s involvement in the insurgency through recordings collected from his Facebook account.
“We’re storming the castle. Please share. Sharon was right with me! I’m such an instigator! She was ready for it man! I didn’t even mind tear gas,” Caldwell said. in a Facebook post on the evening of January 6. “We have to do it locally. Let’s storm the capital of Ohio. Tell me when!”
The affidavit also included several messages exchanged between Caldwell and two other people accused of being his co-conspirators in the weeks leading up to January 6, including:
“I’m driving with my wife from Berryville VA but ending the day before at the Comfort Inn Arlington/Ballston on Glebe Road. Meeting with North Carolina Oathkeepers and Shenandoah Valley Patriot Group.”
“It’s a good place and it would allow us to hunt at night if we wanted to. I don’t know if Stewie even got his call to arms, but it’s a bit late. That’s the one we do. . We will link up with the North Carolina crew.”
“Paul has a room and is bringing someone. He’ll be the rapid reaction force. It’s going to be cold. We need a place to spend the night before minimum.”
Over the next few months, Carlson continued to push a “false flag” narrative about the insurgency and interviewed Caldwell twice more on his Fox shows, once in November and again last Thursday, following the indictment of Caldwell by the FBI.
According to the indictment, Caldwell was one of the coordinators of the Oath Keepers quick reaction force teams on January 6, preparing members to quickly transport firearms stored in Washington, D.C., “at the support for operations aimed at using force to stop the legal transfer of presidential power.”
The indictment says Caldwell sent a text message on January 2 looking for boats to transport weapons on the Potomac River.
“If we had someone standing by a dock ramp (one near the Pentagon for sure), we could have our rapid response team with the heavy weapons on standby, quickly load them up and haul them from the across the river to our waiting arms,” Caldwell said. , according to the indictment.
If convicted, Caldwell faces up to 20 years in prison for seditious conspiracy, the Justice Department said in a news release.
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