Navy Vet With High-Secret Safety Clearance Led Oath Keepers in Capitol Assault: Report

Navy veteran Thomas Edward Caldwell, a retired lieutenant commander who led a band of the Oath Keepers extremist group to D.C. on Jan. 6 to storm the U.S. Capitol constructing, additionally had top-secret safety clearance and served as a bit chief for the FBI after leaving the armed forces in 2009, reports The Washington Post. The main points had been revealed in a movement on Monday asking a decide to launch Caldwell from custody and furthered issues of the extent of extremism present throughout the ranks of U.S. navy and policing organizations. Caldwell was arrested on prices of conspiracy, destruction of presidency property, obstruction of an official continuing, and violent entry or disorderly conduct.

Caldwell, who has been recognized by the FBI as a pacesetter of the Oath Keepers, is a part of an ongoing case by prosecutors claiming that the assault on Congress was premeditated and arranged by extremists. In Monday’s movement for bond, Caldwell denied being a member of the Oath Keepers. His legal professional listed a number of service awards Caldwell earned and likewise stated he has had a “top-secret safety clearance” since 1979. After leaving the FBI, Caldwell based a consulting agency that has carried out enterprise with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Company, the Division of Housing and City Improvement, the U.S. Coast Guard, and the U.S. Military Personnel Command.