Oath Keepers Founder Is Charged With Organizing The January 6 Riots
Oath Keepers founder and ten others are charged with organizing riots on January 6
The founder of the far-right Oath Keepers militia group has been arrested and charged with seditious conspiracy to allegedly organize the January 6 attack on the United States Capitol.
Stewart Rhodes, the leader of the anti-government group, was taken into custody by federal officials on Thursday after a grand jury brought charges against him and a core group of Oath Keeper members, accusing them of planning and carrying out the insurgency to stop the certification of President Joe Biden’s election victory.
Rhodes is the top member of an extremist group arrested during the deadly siege and marks the first time the Justice Department has filed an seditious conspiracy charge in connection with the Capitol riots.
Stewart Rhodes, the leader of the far-right Oath Keepers group, was arrested Thursday on federal charges of seditious conspiracy in connection with the January 6 attack on the United States Capitol.
Rhodes is being charged along with more than a dozen other members and associates of the Oath Keepers, who, authorities say, came to Washington to prevent lawmakers from declaring Biden the winner.
Rhodes did not enter the Capitol on Jan. 6, but is accused of helping to instigate the violence that disrupted the certification of the vote.
The Oath Keepers case is the largest conspiracy case brought yet by federal authorities on Jan. 6, when thousands of pro-Trump rioters stormed past police barriers, breaking windows, injuring dozens of officers and fleeing lawmakers.