Man charged in January 6th capitol riot worked for FBI and held top-secret security clearance

Thomas Caldwell, a man charged in the January 6th capital riot, is said to have worked for the FBI and has held top-secret security clearance for decades.

Caldwell is allegedly a member of a far-right militia group known as the Oath Keepers. The Oath Keepers state on their website that they are a group of “current and formerly serving military, police, and first responders, who pledge to fulfill the oath all military and police take to ‘defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic.’” Authorities say Caldwell is the leader of this group and helped organize the Oath Keepers and other far-right militias to attack the capital. Caldwell’s lawyer, Thomas Plofchan, wrote in a motion urging Caldwell to be released as he awaits trial stating that he worked as a section chief for the FBI from 2009 to 2010 after retiring from the Navy.

The defense stated that Caldwell had held top-secret security clearance since 1979 which required multiple special background investigations. Caldwell is also said to have run a consulting firm that did classified work for the FBI. “He has been vetted and found numerous times as a person worthy of trust and confidence of the United States government, as indicated by granting him Top Secret clearance,” Plofchan wrote. In the filing seeking to have Caldwell released from jail it was written that he had a “service related” injury connecting to his shoulder, back, and knees that would have prevented him from storming the capital.

Caldwell had served in the military and according to the filing he had left as a “disabled veteran.” Caldwell also had a failed spinal surgery back in 2010 according to the filing and was later diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. Caldwell denies being a member of the Oath Keepers militia group. He was arrested on January 19th with charges of conspiracy, obstructing an official proceeding, destruction of government property and unlawful entry on restricted building or grounds. Caldwell has been detained in Virginia since his arrest and the government has yet to issue a response to Plofchan’s filing.




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