They kept Roger Stone first.  Then they joined the attack on the Capitol.

Feb 14, 2021 Travel News

They kept Roger Stone first. Then they joined the attack on the Capitol.

Oath Keepers guarding Roger Stone on January 5th …

… and participate in the

Attack on the Capitol on January 6

Oath keepers keeping

Roger Stone on January 5 …

… and participate in the

Attack on the Capitol on January 6

Photo illustration by The New York Times. Top photo by Tayfun Coşkun / Anadolu Agency – Getty Images. Bottom: Timothy Wolfer for The New York Times.

At least six people who had provided security for Roger Stone entered the Capitol building in the Jan.6 attack, according to a New York Times investigation.

Videos show the group guarding Mr Stone, a longtime friend of former President Donald J. Trump, on or before the day of the attack. All six are associated with the Oath Keepers, a far-right anti-government militia known for ensuring the safety of right-wing figures and protesters at public events.

Photos by Robert Nickelsberg / Getty Images; Jim Urquhart / Reuters; William Turton; Tasos Katopodis / Getty Images; Manuel Balce Ceneta / Associated Press.

Mr Stone, a convicted felon who was pardoned by Mr Trump, has a long history as a self-proclaimed “dirty trickster” political agent who lived under the attack decrees, admits nothing, denies everything and against -attack. He posted a message online denying any involvement in “the lawless acts on Capitol Hill.”

We went through hundreds of videos and photos, and relied on research from an online watch group called Capitol Terrorists Exposers to track the security team that surrounded Mr Stone on January 5-6.

Here’s how they went from keeping him to standing inside the Capitol building on January 6.

Guards with stone

On January 5, the day before the attack on Capitol Hill, Mr. Stone made two public appearances in Washington in support of Mr. Trump’s baseless allegations of electoral fraud. Six of the people we focus on are ensuring Mr. Stone’s safety. Five of them are seen with Mr. Stone in the video below.

Tasos Katopodis / Getty Images

On the afternoon of January 5, after a speech at the United States Supreme Court, Mr. Stone is led by one of the six Oath Keepers in question, as other members of the group hold the crowd to distance.

Tasos Katopodis / Getty Images

That evening, Mr. Stone speaks at another rally near the White House, in which he proclaimed that “we will win this fight or America will sink into a thousand years of darkness.” Several of the Oath Keepers we have followed continue to ensure his safety during this event.

Photo illustration by The New York Times. Photo by Jim Urquhart / Reuters.

On the morning of January 6, Mr. Stone was seen outside the Willard InterContinental Hotel, one block from the White House. Guard 6 is seen with Mr. Stone here.

The Black Conservative Preacher, via Facebook

This was the last time Mr. Stone was seen that day in one of the images reviewed by The New York Times. He continues to promote speeches and online rallies he says he will be doing near Capitol Hill this afternoon. But he never appears. He now says he just stayed at the hotel.

Stone guards inside the Capitol

Near one of the Capitol’s entrances, some members of the security team mock the police, who are trying to guard the building.

Young Patriot Society, via YouTube

Videos then show the six security guards inside the Capitol building during the attack. Some meet other oathkeepers, including two who have been charged with conspiracy. Others are seen in the hallways.

Near the east entrance of the Capitol

Near the east entrance of the Capitol

Photo illustration by The New York Times. Photos by:; Sputnik, via YouTube; Stephen Ignoramus, via YouTube; Saul Loeb / AFP – Getty Images.

On February 10, Mr Stone released a statement online saying he “saw no evidence of illegal activity on the part of the members” of the Oath Keepers, and that if there was any evidence, “they should be pursued ”.