Despite a request for sealing But the filing appeared on public court documents Monday afternoon, just hours before Tuesday’s hearing on whether Schaffer should continue in custody. At both parties’ requests, Howell will end the hearing until April 21.
The 5-page filing describes a “good faith” effort to cut a deal that would include cooperation from Schaffer. Schaffer’s involvement with the broader Oath Keepers organization, though, is unclear. But U.S. attorneys in Washington have charged dozens of members of the pro-Trump anti-government group, conspiring to halt Congress̵7;s endorsement of the 2020 election.
“Through these interrogative interviews, both sides are engaged in honest plea negotiations, including discussing the possibility of entering into a cooperative agreement to resolve no indictment issues,” the assistant said. US attorneys Ahmed Baset and Louis Manzo wrote. “Among the preconceived terms when accepting the plea was the release of the defendants at trial.”
After a hearing last month, Washington Magistrate Judge Zia Faruqui ordered Schaffer to be detained pending trial. However, Schaffer’s lawyer appealed the decision to Howell, the government was tasked with responding to the effort. But asked to be delayed by two weeks as the two sides are working to reach a cooperation agreement.
Prosecutors said in a Monday filing that they would quickly sue Schaffer if their plea negotiations failed in that time frame. They also stated that revealing the existence of these plea discussions could jeopardize their criminal investigations.
“If this information is informed, the investigative target that the defendant may provide information about may be informed to flee prosecution, destroy or conceal false evidence, modify operational tactics to avoid detection in the field. The future seeks to influence or intimidate a potential witness. “This fact presents extraordinary circumstances and compelling government interests that justify the sealing. Filing a lawsuit related to this investigation, which is being submitted at this time.