Jan. 6 Defendant Responds to Prosecutor’s Claim He Had ‘Death List’

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A defendant in the Jan. 6, 2021, U.S. Capitol breach is challenging the claim that he had a “death list” in his home.

Prosecutors said in a filing in the case against Oath Keepers leader Stewart Rhodes and members of the group that the raid of Thomas Caldwell’s home uncovered a disturbing document.

“From the search, law enforcement recovered a document that included the words ‘DEATH LIST’ hand-written across the top with the name of a Georgia election official, a purported family member of that official, and the county and state associated with that official all hand-written underneath,” wrote prosecutors with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, part of the Department of Justice (DOJ).

The list also included notes such as “40+ from N.C,” which provide evidence of a conspiracy to prevent the transfer of presidential power, prosecutors said. They said the government expects to introduce evidence related to the document in the upcoming trial of some of the group’s members.

Caldwell told The Epoch Times in an emailed statement that he challenged the offered information, which thus far has no hard evidence supporting it.

“The DOJ’s claim that I intended to assassinate election workers is a bold-faced lie and completely disgusting,” he said. “There is a mountain of exculpatory evidence that the DOJ has hidden from the public through protective orders.”

Caldwell, a U.S. Navy veteran, has said that he traveled to the Capitol to watch then-President Donald Trump’s speech. He and his wife acknowledged going onto a balcony at the Capitol, but said no police officers tried to stop them.

Caldwell has also said that he isn’t a member of the Oath Keepers, although he corresponded with known members and described them as friends.


In the July 8 filing, prosecutors also said they plan to submit evidence that another defendant, Jeremy Brown, transported explosives to the Washington area on Jan. 6, 2021, and that Jessica Watkins, a third defendant, had bomb-making instructions.

By Zachary Stieber

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