Jim Arroyo, a senior figure in the far-right militia group the Oath Keepers, told “60 Minutes” the group has received training from “active-duty law enforcement” personnel, but he attempted to distance the larger paramilitary movement from the members charged in connection with the U.S. Capitol insurrection.
“Our guys are very experienced. We have active-duty law enforcement in our organization that are helping to train us,” Arroyo, the vice president of the Oath Keepers’ largest chapter, in Arizona, said in the interview. “We can blend in with our law enforcement ― in fact, in a lot of cases, our training is much more advanced because of our military backgrounds.”
“Our guys are very experienced. We have active-duty law enforcement in our organization that are helping to train us. We can blend in with our law enforcement,” says a member of the Oath Keepers, a far-right militia group. https://t.co/7fOee4i1gd pic.twitter.com/JT2sGCMOIL
— 60 Minutes (@60Minutes) April 18, 2021
Jon Schaffer, a member of the Oath Keepers, pleaded guilty last week to charges stemming from his role in the insurrection and agreed to cooperate with the government.