The names of mother and daughter Georgia poll staff who memorably testified before the House Jan. 6 committee were found on a “death list” kept by an alleged leader of the militant Oath Keepers group, based on court filings.
Ruby Freeman and Wandrea “Shaye” Moss presented heartbreaking testimony before the House committee in June that they were the goal of racist attacks and threats for doing their jobs as election staff within the wake of baseless claims by Donald Trump that the 2020 presidential election was rigged.
“I even have lost my name and I even have lost my repute,” Ruby Freeman said in a pretaped interview aired on the hearing. “I even have lost my sense of security. All because a bunch of individuals, starting with Number 45 and his ally Rudy Giuliani, decided to scapegoat me to push their very own lies about how the presidential election was stolen.”
Wandrea “Shaye” Moss (left), a former Georgia election employee, is comforted by her mother, Ruby Freeman, as Moss testifies during a hearing of the House Jan. 6 committee within the Cannon House Office Constructing on June 21.
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Moss, Freeman’s daughter, testified that she now not felt secure leaving home.
Caldwell, a Navy veteran who once worked as a piece chief for the FBI, is considered one of nine alleged Oath Keepers who’ve been charged with seditious conspiracy following the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol.
Caldwell can also be charged with obstructing an official proceeding, destruction of presidency property, and illegal entry on restricted buildings or grounds, based on the complaints against him. He was known within the group as “Commander Tom,” authorities said.
Federal prosecutors revealed the existence of the “death list” early this month, but they didn’t name the employees. A court filing in response by Caldwell’s lawyer, nonetheless, revealed their identities in a footnote reference, as Politico’s Kyle Cheney first identified.
Caldwell’s lawyer claimed in his filing Friday that the list is nothing greater than a harmless “doodle pad.”
“This document shouldn’t be a ‘list,’ but, somewhat, a doodle pad. The words ‘death list’ are written in all caps, whereas the balance of writing on the doodle pad is written in upper and lower-case letters,” argued the defense motion to exclude the notepad evidence within the case against Caldwell.