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Oath Keepers Went to Olive Garden After Capitol Riot: FBI Transcript

December 9, 2021


  • A group of people linked to the Oath Keepers were charged with conspiracy in the Capitol riot.
  • According to an FBI interview transcript, the group went to Olive Garden for dinner after the attack.
  • More than a dozen people associated with the far-right extremist group are facing charges.

After the violent attack on the Capitol on January 6, a group of Capitol riot defendants linked to the Oath went to Olive Garden for dinner, according to a newly released FBI transcript.

The transcript was filed as part of the case against more than a dozen people linked to the Oath Keepers, a far-right extremist group, who are facing charges such as conspiracy to obstruct Congress, obstruction of an official proceeding, and destruction of government property.

The interview was conducted in May with an unidentified person who was with the group on January 6, according to the transcript.

The person told the FBI that after leaving the Capitol grounds, the group stopped by their hotel and then went to Olive Garden for dinner. While at Olive Garden, the group discussed what happened earlier that day, including “a girl that was shot,” possibly referring to Ashli Babbitt, the rioter who was killed by police, according to the transcript.

The group also discussed veterans and President Donald Trump. The interviewee said one Oath Keeper talked about wanting Trump to invoke the Insurrection Act, which allows the president to deploy armed forces within the US to “suppress rebellion.”

Screenshot of paragraph in FBI interview transcript from investigation into Oath Keepers at Capitol riot.

FBI interview transcript from investigation into Oath Keepers at Capitol riot.


In the indictment against the defendants tied to the Oath Keepers, prosecutors said the group was making plans to storm the Capitol as early as November, using social media to coordinate traveling to DC with weapons and tactical gear.

“Trump said It’s gonna be wild!!!!!!! It’s gonna be wild!!!!!!! He wants us to make it WILD that’s what he’s saying. He called us all to the Capitol and wants us to make it wild!!! Sir Yes Sir!!! Gentlemen we are heading to DC pack your s—!!” defendant Kelly Meggs wrote in a Facebook message on December 22, prosecutors said. Trump tweeted days prior: “Big protest in D.C. on January 6th. Be there, will be wild!”

More than 700 people have been charged in the Capitol riot with offenses that include conspiracy, assaulting police officers, violent entry and disorderly conduct, and entering and remaining in a restricted building illegally.

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