An Army Psychological Warfare official is being investigated for transporting people more than 300 miles away to attend a Trump rally that turned into deadly Capitol riots, military officials confirmed.
Captain Emily Rainey, 30, confirmed to the Associated Press that she had brought more than 100 people to Washington on Wednesday as part of a North Carolina protest group she heads, Moore County Citizens for Freedom.
As her commanders at Fort Bragg reviewed her participation in the rally, Rainey said she was fully aware of her plans to go – and insisted that her group not take part in the storming of the Capitol.
“I was a private citizen and I did everything right and within my rights,”
“I told my bosses before I went that I was going and told them when I came back.”
Her group – like most at Wednesday’s rally – were “peaceful, law-abiding people who did nothing but demonstrate our rights to the First Amendment,” she said.
She even shared a video on Facebook, in which she insisted that all the outbreaks were Antifa, saying: “I do not know violent patriots. I don’t know any patriots who would break the windows of a national jewel like this [Capitol]. “
Rainey was assigned to the 4th Group for Psychological Operations at Fort Bragg, according to Major Daniel Lesar, a spokesman for the 1st Special Forces Command.
Known as PSYOPS, the group uses information and misinformation to shape the emotions, decisions, and actions of American adversaries.
Members of the U.S. military have the right to participate in political organizations and events without uniforms, but are prohibited from sponsoring guerrilla organizations.
It is unclear whether Rainey’s involvement with her group on Wednesday runs counter to DOD’s policy.
Earlier, Rainey made headlines in May after posting a video online of her repeatedly removing a protective tape on a playground closed under COVID-19 restrictions in North Carolina.
Police in South Pines, a community about 30 miles west of Fort Bragg, have accused her of injuring personal property over the incident after she was released twice with warnings.
In his Facebook posts, Rainey called “Moore County Citizens’ Freedom” a “movement.” In a post in November, the group boasted of a “peaceful protest,” warning at the time, “They must pray that we stay that way.”
With postal wires