Despite the request for a seal, the document appeared in the court’s public archives on Monday afternoon, a few hours before the scheduled hearing on whether Schaaf should continue to be detained on Tuesday. At the request of both parties, Howell postponed the hearing to April 21.
The five-page document describes the “good faith” efforts to reach an agreement, including Schaff’s cooperation. Although it is not clear whether Shafer is involved in the broader oath organization, Washington lawyers have accused more than a dozen members of pro-Trump and anti-government paramilitary organizations of conspiring to stop Congress’ certification for the 2020 election.
Assistant U.S. Attorneys Ahmed Baset and Louis Manzo wrote: “Based on these brief interviews, the two sides are currently engaged in sincere confession negotiations, including discussions on whether it is possible to reach an agreement. A cooperative plea agreement in resolving this issue.”
After the hearing last month, Washington State District Court Judge Zia Faruqui ordered Schaffer to be detained pending trial. However, Shafer’s lawyer appealed the decision to Howell. The government originally intended to respond to this effort, but because both parties are working to reach a cooperation agreement, it requested a two-week delay.
Prosecutors pointed out in Monday’s document that if their plea negotiations break down during this time, they will promptly prosecute Shaffer. They also pointed out that publicizing the existence of these plea discussions may jeopardize their criminal investigations.
“If informed of this information, the defendant may immediately prompt the defendant to provide investigative information for the investigative target in order to avoid prosecution, destroy or conceal criminal evidence, change its operating strategy to avoid future detection, and attempt to influence or intimidate potential witnesses. And take measures to disrupt the investigation and avoid prosecution in the future.” “Thus, these facts represent a special situation and have aroused strong interest from the government, which proves the need to stamp the documents related to the current investigation .”