A Donald Trump
supporter who stormed the U.S. Capitol
building with members of the Oath Keepers
has testified before a grand jury
and reached a plea deal
with federal prosecutors
in which he admits to conspiring to obstruct Joe Biden
's Electoral College
victory on Jan. 6.
According to a criminal information filed ahead of his plea agreement hearing on Wednesday afternoon, Mark Grods
will admit to being part of a military
"stack" formation and entering the Capitol building carrying a large stick on Jan. 6. Grods will also admit to bringing firearms
and "eventually providing them to another individual to store in a Virginia
According to the criminal information, Grods stayed at the Mayflower Hotel and entered the Capitol building through the eastern doors to the Rotunda "minutes after" others Grods traveled with "entered the same doors and assaulted law enforcement
officers in the Rotunda." He entered the building "with a large stick," according to the agreement.
Grods is charged with conspiracy
to obstruct an official proceeding as well as aiding and abetting in the two-count criminal information, which includes a cooperation component.
The government noted in a separate filing that Grods' plea agreement "is part of an ongoing grand jury investigation
and plea negotiation related to United States
v. Thomas Caldwell, et al.," the large Oath Keepers conspiracy case involving more than a dozen defendants, and that his plea deal includes a cooperation component.
“Delaying the government’s need to notify other defendants about Mark Grod’s related case between the filing of the criminal Information on June 28 and his public plea hearing on June 30, 2021, will ensure the defendant’s safety while he cooperates and testifies before the grand jury,” the government wrote.