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Federal prosecutors have charged the founder of the Oath Keepers and 10 other members of the far-right group with seditious conspiracy for their role in the Jan. 6 riot, the Justice Department announced Thursday.
Stewart Rhodes, 56, was arrested Thursday in Little Elm, Texas, and also faces charges for crimes related to the breach of the U.S. Capitol.
The article goes on to state the following:
The Oath Keepers leader and founder has said he was present at the riot but never entered the Capitol on Jan. 6.
The DOJ wrote in a press release,” “The seditious conspiracy indictment alleges that, following the Nov. 3, 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 by Jan. 20, 2021.”
The Justice Department says a grand jury has indicted Oath Keepers leader Stewart Rhodes and 10 others on a charge of seditious conspiracy related to the Jan. 6 siege. pic.twitter.com/Z0n7LAIDpV
— Brad Heath (@bradheath) January 13, 2022
Rhodes, an Army Airborne veteran and constitutional attorney, is charged with conspiring to “oppose by force the execution of the laws governing the transfer of presidential power” then-President Trump to Biden.
Conviction on a charge of seditious conspiracy carries a maximum sentence of no more than 20 years.
Rhodes has denied any involvement in urging the group to storm the building and said it is wrong to do so, according to the report.
Leader of Oath Keepers and 10 Other Individuals Indicted in Federal Court for Seditious Conspiracy and Other Offenses Related to U.S. Capitol Breach
Eight Others Facing Charges in Two Related Caseshttps://t.co/3Im6Z9dNtV
— National Security Division, U.S. Dept of Justice (@DOJNatSec) January 13, 2022
According to their website, “Oath Keepers is a non-partisan association of current and formerly serving military, police, and first responders, who pledge to fulfill the oath all military and police take to ‘defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic.’”
The Oath Keepers see themselves as charged with a mission to “preserve liberty for our children and grand-children, and for all Americans,” and their motto is “Not on our watch!”
Oath Keeper Tom Kampert took issue with the way the media portrayed the group, and wrote in an op-ed, “The Oath Keepers is an association of like-minded people who, at some point in their life, took an oath to uphold and protect the Constitution of the United States. They are not a militia. They are not white supremacist. Their membership is made up of all races. They are not anti-government. Their message is that there is no expiration date on their oath. That they will always honor it. They expect the same from government officials, both appointed and elected.”
“We build investigations by laying a foundation,” Garland said last week after pressure to crack down on indictments. “We resolve more straightforward cases first because they provide the evidentiary foundation for more complex cases. Investigating the more overt crimes generates linkages to less overt ones. Overt actors and the evidence they provide can lead us to others who may also have been involved. And that evidence can serve as the foundation for further investigative leads and techniques.”
Attorney General Merrick Garland vows that “the Justice Department remains committed to holding all January 6 perpetrators — at any level — accountable under law.” pic.twitter.com/BacBJJE2jC
— Mediaite (@Mediaite) January 5, 2022
“He is charged with seditious conspiracy, along with 10 other Oath Keepers members or associates.” https://t.co/IzrW3xakRJ
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) January 13, 2022
— The Hill (@thehill) January 13, 2022
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