Saturday, January 29, 2022

Leader of extremist group arrested in US Capitol riot, charged with treason

The founder and leader of an far-right group has been arrested in federal court on charges of conspiracy to commit treason to engage in a January 6, 2021 riot at the US Capitol.

Stewart Rhodes, 56, founder of Oath Keepers, is among 11 defendants charged with helping to incite violence at the Capitol. He did not enter the Capitol.

His case is the first time the Justice Department has charged a seditious conspiracy against the January 6 rioters.

Rhodes was arrested in Texas on Thursday, his attorney Jonathan Moseley told the Associated Press.

“He has been under great suspicion as to why he was not charged,” so far in the January 6 riots, Moseley said. “I don’t know if it’s in response to those discussions, but we think it’s unfortunate. It’s an unusual situation.”

“The seditious conspiracy alleges that, following the November 3, 2020, presidential election, Rhodes, along with his co-defendants and others, protested the execution of laws governing the transfer of presidential power until January 20, 2021. The Justice Department wrote in a press release.

“In late December 2020, through 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, to authenticate the Electoral College vote. Date, the indictment alleges,” the statement continued.

According to the Justice Department, Rhodes and his fellow conspirators “were ready and willing to use force and to transport firearms and ammunition to Washington, DC”.

Rhodes is one of several members of a group accused of crimes that day.

Some information in this report has been obtained from The Associated Press.

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