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On Thursday, federal prosecutorsOath Keepers leader Stewart Rhodes and 10 others with seditious conspiracy for their role in the January 6 attacks on the US Capitol.
That charge — the most serious yet to come out of the investigation — is one of several inunsealed Thursday, which alleges Rhodes and his co-defendants brought small arms to the Washington, DC, area; engaged in combat training to prepare for the attacks; and made plans to stage quick-reaction forces to support insurrectionists.
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Rhodes wasin Texas and is among the highest-profile arrests made in the investigation into last year’s attacks on the Capitol, although have thus far been arrested and charged in connection with January 6.
Rhodes’s group, the, is “one of the largest far-right antigovernment groups in the US today,” . Founded in 2009, the group’s members have a history of attending protests while heavily armed, clashing with law enforcement, and .
Thursday’s indictments are also the first seditious conspiracy charges in the investigation so far, and the first the Justice Department has brought in more than a decade.isn’t the same as treason, but it’s also not terribly far off; as former federal prosecutor Laurence Tribe , the “crime is, in effect, treason’s sibling.”
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Specifically,occurs when two or more people work together to plan to overthrow the government or prevent the execution of its laws.
In theand his alleged co-conspirators, the government presented evidence in the charging documents that shortly after the November 3, 2020, election Rhodes told his followers to, “Prepare your mind, body, and spirit” because, “We aren’t getting through this without a civil war.” In December, Rhodes promised a “bloody, massively bloody revolution” should a peaceful transfer of power occur, and in the lead-up to the attacks purchased thousands of dollars’ worth of weapons, ammunition, and related tactical gear.
Other defendants in the case are alleged to have set up paramilitary training groups, and created private Signal groups to discuss their operations, including procuring weapons and establishing aoutside the DC area to bring in additional insurrectionists and weapons.
Oath Keepers Founder Stewart Rhodes Arrested for Role in Capitol Riots
Stewart Rhodes, the founder of the paramilitary group the Oath Keepers, has been charged for his role in the Jan. 6 Capitol riots more than a year after the failed insurrection. Rhodes, a 55-year-old Army veteran and former lawyer who founded the paramilitary group in 2016, was arrested on Thursday, his lawyer told The New York Times. The Thursday arrest comes after charges were filed against at least a dozen other Oath Keepers. Prosecutors allege the group was part of a wider conspiracy to recruit, train, and prepare for an attack on the Capitol.
Reading this Oath Keepers indictment.
These posts on TheDonald from January 5th make a lot more sense now.
The plan was to go all night and transport in the guns later, once they felt they had control over the Capitol.— Ben Collins (@oneunderscore__)
The new indictments are a significant step up from previous charges in the case, which range in seriousness from, and have so far resulted in sentences up to 41 months in prison. In comparison, seditious conspiracy carries a potential sentence of .
The indictment is “major news in [the] effort to hold extremists accountable for their role in #Jan6 insurrection,” thetold Vox via email. “January 6th was a culmination of years of poor behavior on Rhodes [sic] part. It felt like this was always where he and Oath Keepers were headed, but many of us had hoped that we could have prevented it.”
The new charges also refute the argument that narratives about the January 6 attack are overblown because no participants had yet been charged with sedition. As the Washington Post’spointed out on Thursday, Fox News’ Brit Hume had tweeted just hours before Rhodes’s arrest, “Let’s base our view on whether 1/6 was an ‘insurrection’ on whether those arrested are charged with insurrection. So far, none has been.”
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Here's a thought. Let's base our view on whether 1/6 was an "insurrection" on whether those arrested are charged with insurrection. So far, none has been.— Brit Hume (@brithume)
Hume’s tweet echoes months of Fox News hosts’ and guests’ attempts, along with, to downplay the idea that the attacks on January 6 rise to the level of insurrection.
Historically, seditious conspiracy prosecutions are rare and difficult
Seditious conspiracy charges are rare — so rare that, as the SPLC points out, this is just the fourth time in the past 80 years that the statute has been used against right-wing extremists in the US.
Previously, in 2010, members of a small Christian militia group in Michigan calledwere indicted on seditious conspiracy charges, and before that, in the late 1980s, white supremacist militia members in Arkansas were charged with the same crime. In both cases, they were acquitted.
That means the stakes for the Justice Department’s prosecution of Rhodes and his cohort are high, even as lawmakers in Congress continue to seek accountability for January 6 along different avenues. “It’s that significant of a moment,” the SPLC told Vox.
, United States v. Lee, proof of a conspiracy rests on establishing that everyone in the conspiracy shares “a ‘unity of purpose,’ the intent to achieve a common goal, and an agreement to work toward that goal”; previous seditious conspiracy cases have failed in part because the government failed to prove that unity, or to establish exactly what defendants were planning to do.
Seditious Conspiracy Was the Right Charge for the January 6 Organizers
The possibility that prosecutors might abuse the charge in the future is hardly a reason to shrink from it now, when it is most applicable. Video: House lawmakers share stories from Jan. 6: 'It was an effort to breakdown our institution' (NBC News) Your browser does not support this video To be clear, seditious conspiracy is relevant for only a small subset of the people who entered the Capitol on January 6. The offense requires a conspiracy—a prior agreement to commit particular offenses; it does not encompass people who simply made impulsive decisions in the heat of the moment.
Even when cases are more clear-cut, there are barriers; as historian Kathleen BelewThursday, cultural and circumstantial factors may have contributed to the 1988 acquittal of the extremists in Arkansas, despite a surfeit of apparent evidence.
“Seditious conspiracy charges against Oath Keepers will seek to show that Jan 6 was not just a ‘protest’ ... but an organized and pre-planned [attack] on American democracy,”. “The stakes are high, but there are a lot more tools today than existed in 1987-88: an FBI aware of and willing to confront white power and militant right violence; a DOD aware of the problem and taking action; hundreds of journalists telling better and more complete stories.”
The stakes are high, but there are a lot more tools today than existed in 1987-88: an FBI aware of and willing to confront white power and militant right violence; a DOD aware of the problem and taking action; hundreds of journalists telling better and more complete stories (20)— Kathleen Belew (@kathleen_belew)
In fact — and perhaps in foreshadowing of Thursday’s indictments — the DOJlast week it was establishing a unit dedicated to investigating and prosecuting domestic terrorism, shortly after the one-year anniversary of the January 6 attack.
“We have seen a growing threat from those who are motivated by racial animus, as well as those who ascribe to extremist anti-government and anti-authority ideologies,” Assistant Attorney General Matthew Olsen told lawmakers.
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Thursday’s indictment, however, could help combat that threat. Jonathon Moseley, an attorney for Stewart Rhodes and his co-defendant Kelly Meggs, told Vox in a phone interview that “the Oath Keepers in general have been pretty much stalled in any of their operations during this whole year.”
“So a lot is going to depend on how the trial goes, what the outcome is. If they’re found guilty, they’re going to be sort of a pariah ... so I think a lot is at stake in terms of the viability of the organization and its movement,” Moseley said.
The indictment could also affect the ability of extremist groups to plan attacks like the one on January 6, Michael Edison Hayden, a SPLC spokesperson and senior investigative reporter, told Vox.
“Extremists are also paying close attention to the use of Signal” — an— “in making this arrest,” Hayden said. “So many far-right figures are perpetually chasing an online space to plan in secret and Signal’s presence in Rhodes’ indictment is a very clear warning sign that they don’t have any great options left. It’s an arrest that will likely inspire quite a bit of paranoia.”
Rhodes himself maintained his innocence during an interview with the FBI last year and in a subsequent appearance in Texas early last year,. “I may go to jail soon, not for anything I actually did, but for made-up crimes,” Rhodes said at the time.
Rhodes hasthat he ordered members of his group to breach the Capitol building, saying that anyone who did went in only to give medical aid after they heard someone had been shot, and he did not personally breach the Capitol.
Even beyond the futures of Rhodes and the Oath Keepers, the implications for Thursday’s indictments could be far-reaching. More than a year after January 6, 2021, both the DOJ and Congress continue to probe the attack, but the DOJ has far more staying power: If Republicans win back the House in the midterm elections, DOJ’s seditious conspiracy case will continue, but the same can’t be said for the January 6 select committee, which could be hamstrung or dismantled if the balance of power changes in the House next year.
Despite the improved resources and focus on domestic extremism in 2022, the government’s case isn’t necessarily a slam-dunk. It’s still momentous, however: As, “the outcome of this prosecution will be enormously important if we hope to curb further violent attacks on people, institutions, and democracy itself.”
Executive Privilege Is Lawless .
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