Oath Keepers Leader Indicted
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A founder and leader of the far-right Oath Keepers group, Stewart Rhodes, was arrested and charged in connection with events surrounding and including the January 6 Capitol riot.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that Rhodes and 10 others had been charged with seditious conspiracy.
“The seditious conspiracy indictment alleges that, following the [2020, presidential election], Rhodes conspired with his co-defendants and others to oppose by force the execution of the laws governing the transfer of presidential power,” the DOJ said.
“Beginning in late December 2020, via encrypted and private communications applications, Rhodes and various co-conspirators coordinated and planned to travel to Washington, D.C., on or around January 6, 2021, the date of the certification of the electoral college vote, the indictment alleges. Rhodes and several co-conspirators made plans to bring weapons to the area to support the operation. The co-conspirators then traveled across the country to the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area in early January 2021.
The indictment alleged the defendants conspired “through a variety of manners and means,” including recruiting members and affiliates to participate, organizing into teams “willing to use force and to transport firearms and ammunition into Washington, D.C.,” and “continuing to plot” ways to prevent the transfer of presidential power after the events of January 6.
Rhodes’ arrested is noteworthy because he’s “the most prominent figure arrested on charges related to the Capitol insurrection,” according to Axios.