It’s one of the most basic questions of the Capitol riot investigation: What was the rioters’ plan? What did they think was going to happen when they stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6, as Congress certified the results of the Electoral College?
There are undoubtedly many answers to the question. Some rioters were physically violent. Others walked into the Capitol after its doors had been forced open. Others stayed outside. And still, others who attended then-President Donald Trump’s rally on the Ellipse never went to the Capitol at all. So there were different actions and different motives involved.
For the rioters who are alleged to have committed serious criminal acts, more information is coming out in court papers filed in the Justice Department cases against them. And now, specifically, there is a new indictment against nine people who are said to be members or associates of the Oath Keepers militia. It’s a revealing document.