Jessica Watkins is an owner of a bar, and veteran of the US Armed Forces, who faced charges over her involvement in the attempt by supporters of disgraced former President Donald Trump to overthrow the US Government.
Watkins gave an interview with the Ohio State Journal on January 13, 2021. In that interview she acknowledged that she was the leader of her local militia chapter, and that she had driven to Washington DC with other members of her militia in response to Trump's request for supporters to appear to support him. She acknowledged she lead her group to break into the US Capitol building, but denied that she or any member of her group had stolen anything, or committed any actual vandalism. She acknowledged that she was a member of the Oath Keepers.
- Ronan Farrow (2021-01-14). "A Former Marine Stormed the Capitol as Part of a Far-Right Militia". New Yorker magazine. Archived from the original on 2021-02-20. https://web.archive.org/web/20210220151318/https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/a-former-marine-stormed-the-capitol-as-part-of-a-far-right-militia. Retrieved 2021-02-22. "During the assault on the Capitol, a thirty-eight-year-old Ohio-based bar owner named Jessica Watkins, who described herself as the commanding officer of the Ohio State Regular Militia, posted live updates on Parler, the recently defunct Twitter alternative embraced by some right-wing extremists."
- Jake Zuckerman (2021-01-13). "Ohio bartender and her ‘militia’ drove to D.C. to join the Capitol breach". Ohio Capital Journal. Archived from the original on 2021-01-13. https://web.archive.org/web/20210113215241/https://ohiocapitaljournal.com/2021/01/13/ohio-bartender-and-her-militia-drove-to-d-c-to-join-the-capitol-breach/. Retrieved 2021-02-22.
- Linda So (2021-02-21). "Oath Keeper claims she met with Secret Service before Capitol riot". Reuters (Washington, DC). Archived from the original on 2021-02-22. https://web.archive.org/web/20210222193321/https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-capitol-arrests/oath-keeper-claims-she-met-with-secret-service-before-capitol-riot-idUSKBN2AL0L5. Retrieved 2021-02-22. "Watkins, who has been detained since mid-January, is asking for the court to release her to home confinement pending trial, noting she is at risk for “harsh treatment” as a transgender woman."
- Katelyn Polantz (2021-02-21). "Oath Keeper claims she was VIP security at Trump rally before riot and says she met with Secret Service agents". CNN. Archived from the original on 2021-02-22. https://web.archive.org/web/20210222013300/https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/21/politics/oath-keepers-vip-security-capitol-riot/index.html. Retrieved 2021-02-22. "A leader in an alleged Oath Keepers conspiracy in the US Capitol insurrection claims she was given a VIP pass to the pro-Trump rally on January 6, had met with Secret Service agents and was providing security for legislators and others, including in their march to the Capitol, according to a new court filing."