Oath Keepers leader, 10 others charged with ‘seditious conspiracy’

The Justice Department has charged 11 defendants, including the leader of the Oath Keepers, Stewart Rhodes, with seditious conspiracy. These new details suggest that the breach at the Capitol was premeditated.

According to CNN, the Justice Department had previously been charging defendants with conspiracy to obstruct congressional proceedings on January 6, instead of sedition. This is the first of this charge as of now.

The seditious conspiracy charge has the same possible punishment as the obstruction charge, but is rarely used. The charge has been difficult for the Justice Department to use successfully in the past. It also comes politically charged.’

The investigation has shown that the Oath Keepers may have recruited members, stocked up on weapons, and organized members to disrupt the certification of the 2020 election at the Capitol. Supposedly they plotted “to oppose by force the lawful transfer of presidential power” after the failed attempt to stop the certification of votes.

Some Oath Keepers were reported to have traveled to Washington, D.C. prior to Jan. 6th to scout out the area. Weapons were said to be stashed in Virginia hotels nearby to “rapidly transport firearms and other weapons to Washington, D.C.” if needed.

Specifically, the new indictment alleges that Rhodes and his co-conspirators engaged in a conspiracy to “oppose the lawful transfer of presidential power by force, by preventing, hindering, or delaying by force execution of laws governing the transfer of power.” More information continues to surface as the investigation is ongoing.




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