“We get that QRF hotel address yet?” Harrelson asked in a group signal chat on Jan. 5.

Oath Keeper Kelly Meggs, who is charged alongside Harrelson and 10 other members of the group with conspiring to stop Congress from certifying President Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory on Jan. 6, responded by asking for a direct message.

Prosecutors said that within hours of this exchange, cell phone data places Harrelson’s location in the vicinity of the Comfort Inn in Ballston. But Harrelson didn’t appear to return there until the morning of Jan. 7, they said. Rather, they believe he stayed at a Hilton Garden Inn in downtown Washington during the remainder of his visit.

“It is reasonable to believe that during this hour, Defendant Harrelson was dropping off his weapons with Person Three and the QRF,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Nestler wrote in the filing.

Surveillance footage cited by prosecutors also appears to show Harrelson picking up luggage from the Comfort Inn on the morning of Jan. 7, including a bag that prosecutors say is consistent with a “rifle case.”

The contours of the government’s QRF theory are significant. Judge Amit Mehta, who is presiding over the Oath Keepers’ legal proceedings, has repeatedly noted the absence of proof that a QRF existed — despite lots of chatter among the group’s members — as a weakness in prosecutors’ early investigative efforts. Prosecutors have also been seeking evidence to rebut claims by lawyers for the Oath Keepers that the group’s planning was not about storming the Capitol but rather guarding against potential violence by Antifa at pro-Trump protests.

The Harrelson filing also shows the dissension that quickly emerged among the Oath Keepers after security forces regained control of the Capitol on the night of Jan. 6. In Signal messages obtained by prosecutors, one member of the Oath Keepers chat assailed the organization’s national leader Stewart Rhodes — who remained stationed outside the Capitol during the insurrection — as a “dumbass” and called the group a “huge [f—ing] joke.”

Amid the exchange, Harrelson chimed in to say “Didn’t realize I was in an unsecured chat with a bunch of shit bags. And blue falcons.” The latter reference, prosecutors say, is military jargon for a “backstabbing comrade.”

Prosecutors said that on Jan. 20, Harrelson sent an email purporting to resign from the Oath Keepers. But they said they consider the email a “farce” because Harrelson remained in touch with Rhodes well into March.

In a set of March 6 messages obtained by prosecutors, Harrelson and Rhodes lamented Meggs’ leadership. Rhodes then told Harrelson about plans to reform the Oath Keepers organization, including his intent to “tighten up command and control” and treat rank-and-file members like “dumbass privates.”

“But hey, that’s how they acted,” Rhodes adds. “So be it.”

The next day, the pair sent more messages about the legal case against Harrelson, and another flurry of messages followed in subsequent days.

“Defendant Harrelson’s administrative control of an Oath Keepers chat as of just last month – after he purported to ‘resign’ from the organization and tried to disassociate himself from the actions of national leadership – demonstrates that he is a continued threat to the community,” prosecutors concluded.

Harrelson has been detained in a Florida prison facility pending trial but is seeking Mehta’s approval to reverse that decision. His attorneys have raised alarms that Harrelson suffers from dangerously high blood pressure and may not be receiving adequate medical care.

Earlier Monday, Mehta ordered that the jail ensure Harrelson is being appropriately monitored and permitted to consult with his physician in order to control his hypertension.

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