Accused “Oath Keepers” Supporter Worked For FBI

( Amidst a flurry of rumors about who initiated the Capitol Hill riot on January 6, one of the accused members of the “Oath Keepers” group that took part in the violent protest is now claiming to have worked for the FBI.

An alleged leader of the right-wing “Oath Keepers” group made the claim through his attorney in a court motion filed on Monday. Lawyer Thomas Plofchan said that the man in question, Thomas Edward Caldwell, worked for the FBI as a section chef between 2009 and 2010. Caldwell reportedly worked for the agency after he retired from his position as a lieutenant commander in the Navy.

Caldwell, who is aged 66, also reportedly held a top-secret security clearance in 1979 which was obtained after a number of extensive background checks. He even operated a consulting company that worked with the United States federal government.

It’s a big blow to the narrative that the protest was a violent insurrection, particularly when viewed in light of the news that Antifa activists also attended the protest.

“He has been vetted and found numerous times as a person worthy of trust and confidence of the United States government, as indicated by granting him Top Secret clearance,” Caldwell’s attorney said.

The filing is asking for Caldwell to be released from custody while he awaits a trial over charges that he worked with other members of the Oath Keepers to coordinate the storming of the Capitol Building on January 6. It also references his military career and says that he has a “service-connected” shoulder injury and damage to his knees and back that would have stopped him from storming the Capitol Building in the first place.

Caldwell retired from the Navy as a “disabled veteran.” He underwent spinal surgery in 2010 which failed. Later, he was diagnosed as suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Caldwell not only denies taking part in the Capitol Hill riots but says that he is not a member of the Oath Keepers at all. He has been charged with unlawful entry of a restricted building, obstructing an official proceeding, and conspiracy.

Court documents describe the Oath Keepers as a loosely organized “militia” that believes the United States federal government is run by a “shadowy conspiracy that is trying to strip American citizens of their rights.”

The FBI has not disclosed any information about Caldwell and his alleged work with the agency, stating that it is policy “not to comment on personnel matters.”