Oath Keepers Sought to Protect U.S. Representative Ronny Jackson During Jan. 6 Riot, Text Messages Reveal

Members of the far-right militia group Oath Keepers discussed protecting Republican Representative Ronny Jackson during the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, according to text messages in court documents filed on April 18.

In a group message exchange during the riot, members of Oath Keepers wanted to protect Jackson because he had “critical data to protect,” court documents revealed.

“Dr. Ronnie Jackson — on the move. Needs protection. If anyone inside cover him,” one person wrote in an Oath Keepers group message during the riot, according to the court documents.

“He has critical data to protect,” the person added.

Oath Keepers leader Steward Rhodes replied, “Give him my cell.”

The message exchange did not elaborate on the alleged “critical data.”

The text messages sent days prior to Jan. 6, 2021 and during the riot itself were part of a 337-page court filing from accused Oath Keeper Edward Vallejo, who is seeking release from a pretrial detention.

A spokesperson for Jackson told CNN in a statement that he “does not know nor has he ever spoken to the people in question.”

“In fact, he stayed behind with Capitol Police to help defend the House Floor and was one of the last members to be evacuated,” the spokesperson added.

Jackson previously served in the Navy and as the White House physician for former presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump.

The messages in the court filing further showed that members of the Oath Keepers were also interested in providing security to longtime Trump ally Roger Stone and former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

The messages also revealed that the leaders of the Oath Keepers and Proud Boys communicated after police arrested Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio days before the riot.

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