A federal judge ordered the founder of the Oath Keepers to remain in jail until the trial. Elmer Stewart Rhodes III was arrested last month and has been charged with seditious conspiracy in connection with the Capitol riot.
According to NBC News, the Friday announcement was based on finding no conditions of release that would protect public safety. Rhodes had been responsible for organizing “quick reaction forces” outside of Washington, D.C., that were ready to enter at a moment’s notice.
Rhodes’ attorneys argue that he never ordered the armed men to enter the city because former President Donald Trump didn’t invoke the Insurrection Act. Rhodes believes that had the Insurrection Act been invoked, then that would have allowed the Oath Keepers to help Trump secure the capital and hold power.
However, Judge Amit Mehta said during Friday’s detention hearing that his conduct is dangerous. The charge of sedition conspiracy is much more than obstructing an official proceeding. Rhodes allegedly had others working under him in his plot to oppose the lawful transfer of power by force.
The judge was very concerned about Rhodes’s actions. Despite no evidence he ever brought weapons into the DC area, his quick reaction forces were armed and ready, which was said to amount to a call to arms. As a result he was deemed dangerous, and was not given the ability to stay with his cousins and her husband in California. He will remain in jail until his trial.
ARTICLE: JILLIAN WEIDNER
MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
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