Stewart Rhodes, the founder and chief of the far-proper Oath Keepers armed forces team, has been arrested and charged with seditious conspiracy in the Jan. 6, 2021, assault at the U.S. Capitol, government said Thursday.
Rhodes is the top-ranking member of an extremist staff to be arrested in the deadly siege, and it is the primary time the Justice Department has brought a seditious conspiracy fee in reference to the attack at the Capitol.
he is charged together with greater than a dozen other individuals and associates of the Oath Keepers, who government say got here to Washington, D.C., cause on stopping the certification of President Joe Biden’s election victory.
Rhodes did not input the Capitol building throughout the rise up, however he is accused of helping put into movement the violence that disrupted the certification of the vote.
The Oath Keepers case is the biggest conspiracy case federal authorities have introduced up to now over Jan. 6, while hundreds of pro-Donald Trump rioters stormed past police barriers and smashed home windows, injuring dozens of officers and sending lawmakers working.