>The F.B.I. arrested Stewart Rhodes, the founder of the far-right militia, in a major step forward in the investigation into the attack on the Capitol by supporters of Donald Trump.https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/13/us/politics/oath-keepers-stewart-rhodes.htmlStewart Rhodes, the leader and founder of the far-right Oath Keepers militia, was arrested on Thursday and charged with seditious conspiracy for organizing a wide-ranging plot to storm the Capitol last Jan. 6 and disrupt the certification of Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s electoral victory, federal law enforcement officials said.The arrest of Mr. Rhodes was a major step forward in the sprawling investigation of the Capitol attack and the case marked the first time that prosecutors had filed charges of sedition. According to his lawyer, Jonathon Moseley, Mr. Rhodes was arrested at shortly before 1 p.m.Mr. Rhodes, a former Army paratrooper who went on to earn a law degree at Yale, has been under investigation for his role in the riot since at least last spring when, against the advice of his lawyer, he sat down with F.B.I. agents for an interview in Texas. He was at the Capitol on Jan. 6, communicating by cellphone and a chat app with members of his team, many of whom went into the building. But there is no evidence that he entered the Capitol.The Oath Keepers, along with the Proud Boys, have emerged as the most prominent far-right extremists to have taken part in the assault on the Capitol. Prosecutors have collected reams of evidence against them, including encrypted cellphone chats and recordings of online meetings. They have charged its members not only with forcing their way into the building in a military-style “stack,” but also with stationing an armed “quick reaction force” at a hotel in Virginia to be ready to rush into Washington if needed.
Through their lawyers, members of the Oath Keepers who are already facing charges have said they converged on Washington just before Jan. 6 as part of a security detail hired to protect conservative celebrities like Roger J. Stone, Jr., the longtime ally of former President Donald J. Trump.In an interview with The New York Times this summer, Mr. Rhodes expressed frustration that several members of his group had “gone off mission” by entering the Capitol on Jan. 6, quickly adding, “There were zero instructions from me or leadership to do so.”But at least four Oath Keepers who were at the Capitol that day and are cooperating with the government have sworn in court papers that the group intended to breach the building with the goal of obstructing the final certification of the Electoral College vote.Mr. Rhodes has also attracted the attention of the House select committee investigating Jan. 6, which issued him a subpoena in November. In a letter at the time, House investigators noted that Mr. Rhodes had taken part in several events intended to question the integrity of the 2020 presidential election throughout that fall and winter.On Election Day, according to the letter, Mr. Rhodes said that an “honest” count of the votes could only result in a victory for Mr. Trump and called on members of his group to “stock up on ammo” and prepare for a “full-on war in the streets.”Editors’ PicksHe Was an Important Conductor. Also a Great One.My Daughter’s Married Boyfriend Shouldn’t Join Us on Vacation, Right?An Upper West Side Upgrade, but No Doorman, Please. Which Home Would You Choose?Continue reading the main storyWithin a week of Election Day, Mr. Rhodes had told the conspiracy theorist Alex Jones that he had men stationed outside Washington prepared to act at Mr. Trump’s command.
Around the same time, federal prosecutors say, he urged his fellow Oath Keepers at an online meeting to support Mr. Trump, calling him the “duly elected president” and adding: “You can call it an insurrection or you can call it a war or fight.”The drumbeat continued through the winter, prosecutors say, as Mr. Rhodes appeared at a pro-Trump rally in Washington on Dec. 12, 2020, and called on Mr. Trump to invoke the Insurrection Act, suggesting that a failure to do so would result in a “much more bloody war.” At the rally, Mr. Rhodes acknowledged in a television interview that he and members of his group were there to provide security for celebrity speakers along with another shadowy paramilitary organization, the First Amendment Praetorian.On Jan. 4, just two days before the storming of the Capitol, Mr. Rhodes posted an article on the Oath Keepers website calling on “all patriots” to “stand tall in support of President Trump’s fight to defeat the enemies foreign and domestic who are attempting a coup.”With his distinctive black eye patch — the result of a gun accident — Mr. Rhodes has been a fixture on the far right almost from the day in 2009 that he announced the creation of the Oath Keepers at a rally in Lexington, Mass., the site of a famous Revolutionary War battle.At the event, Mr. Rhodes laid out an antigovernment platform for the current and former law enforcement and military personnel who joined his group, saying that his plan was for members to disobey certain illegal orders from officials and instead to uphold their oath to the Constitution.During the years that President Barack Obama was in office, the Oath Keepers repeatedly inserted themselves into prominent public conflicts, often playing the role of heavily armed vigilantes. In 2014, for instance, they turned up at a cattle ranch in Nevada after its owner, Cliven Bundy, engaged in an armed standoff with federal land management officials.
That same year, members of the group went to Ferguson, Mo., on a self-appointed mission to protect local businesses from riots prompted by the death of Michael Brown, a Black man who was shot by the police.But after Mr. Trump took office, Mr. Rhodes and the Oath Keepers pivoted away from their antigovernment views and appeared to embrace the new spirit of nationalism and suspicions of a deep-state conspiracy that had taken root in Washington. Like other far-right groups such as the Proud Boys, the Oath Keepers also opposed — often physically — the Black Lives Matter protests that erupted in the wake of the murder of George Floyd by the police in Minneapolis.In late March, Mr. Rhodes himself publicly acknowledged that the F.B.I. was after him, declaring during a fiery speech on the Texas border that the Justice Department had undertaken a “persecution campaign” against his group.
>>989931>>989932>>989933>>989934>when /pol/ says no one was charged with sedition or insurrection
>>989938Yeah neat timing eh?Like a year after they first "talked" to him. Truth is this is just one big glow job, just like the Whitmer fednapping. The truth will come out once the gop takes back the house
>>989933>my boss is after meLol glowies are so silly
>>989941Or alternatively they don't throw this kind of shit around lightly and had to be absolutely sure they could convict on this before they charged them.Seriously anon, the cops take a long time investigating before they start tossing murder charges onto random people, no matter how obvious the guilt may seem. This is no different.
>>989941>The truth will come out once the gop takes back the houseThis line made me spit coffee>gop>truthin the same sentence?!
>>989941>The truth will come out once the gop takes back the houselmao all you will get is more funding for israel
>>989952But an entire year?
>>990050Yeah. Learn things about the justice system kid.
>>990052So the feds are going to let a domestic terrorist just roam around a year after his alleged terrorist attack?Something missing here
>>990041>>990043It's sad when need to rely on the GOP, but just look at these dems as they lie over and over. I mean adam schiff is still doing the Russia hoax bit ffs. And swallowswell is still a Chinese spy fucker.
>>989931So are they actually trying to get him on seditious or they trying to scare him into a plea deal?
>>990060Glowies got embarrassed at the recent congressional hearings so they had to arrest one of their own to make CNN feel better. This dude is a Yale graduate ffs, he glows brighter than the sun
Low budget glowjob
MAGAt traitors in full fucking denial.
>>990127The GOP has been in denial for the last 50 years at least. 1/4th of them still think Nixon did nothing wrong, to say nothing of Trump.
>>989952Like Kyle Rittenhouse? Derek Chauvin? It's a political hit job. Once Rhodes was no longer useful for collecting info for the feds, they slapped him with charges too. Why? Because the narrative of feds and informants filling the ranks of these orgs is getting too strong. Despite obviously being an informant, the media will conveniently forget why he hasn't been arrested for a year and cooperated with feds and push the narrative that he was always a terrorist leader.
>>990157When will the republicans get over their persecution complex?
>>990158Probably when the neo Nazi socialists stop persecuting them
>>990157>the narrative that he was always a terrorist leader.They were still interrogating terrorists in GITMO a decade after their capture. Singing to the cops to lower your sentence does not make you less of a criminal.
>>990167>They were still interrogating terrorists in GITMO a decade after their capture.Fun fact anon! Most of those people aren't terrorists and are being unjustly held without trial. Any justice would be you taking their place. Cheers!
>>990165>Oh persecute me harder papa, make me feel like I'm the victim in EVERYTHING
>>989931Fun act about the head of these retards: You know the guy with the eyepatch? He's not a veteran. He didn't lose it in combat.He lost it when he played around with a gun and accidentally shot his own fucking eye out.
>>990061> recent congressional hearingsYou mean the one where traitor ted pushed a debunked fringe right wing conspiracy theory to try and push culpability away from the fact that Trump staged a coup?
>>990180>Most of those people aren't terroristsIncorrect. They offloaded the low level shits years and years ago.Learning stuff is fun huh?
>>990057That is pretty standard if they have him under good observation. They probably netted many leads on other terrorists.
>>990050Not him but yes. That's not out of line at all. It's far better to get all your ducks in a row before pressing charges. That they waited this long is good news, it means them acting now they have some serious proof.
>>990205>He's a fudd who can't into gun safety and nearly Darwin awarded himselfKek, this is even more hilarious!
>>990257He is also now fighting with other far right looms over who is the most conservative. It’s fun to watch.
>>990255This. The bigger the crime the more you want to be certain of a win before laying any charges because you need to make sure they can't weasel their way out. And as this was a coup attempt by the former president and his followers of one of the most powerful countries on earth, they're going to make damn sure what they do sticks.
No slide for traitors.
>>989931The coup was by the big tech 1% and Democrats in a few cities.Only a few counties in a few swing states had to be stolen to pull it off.What a coincidence, every swing state didn’t report the results that night or even a week later!Anyone remember the vote spikes at 4-5am? After the election officials had gone home?Anyone remember the windows being covered up to prevent election officials from watching the counting?Remember how the media didn’t cover the fraud lawsuits?Remember how tech platforms banned people who talked about it.Anyone notice how there was never any audits of the results reported.Notice how 1/6 stopped RINOs in their tracks from daring to talk about all of the documented and recorded fraud. It was a planned "attack" by the Democrats. Their wimpy "Reichstag Fire" event. This was a coup by the Democrats!
>>990445You don’t use catalog?
>>990458>The coup was by the big tech 1% and Democrats in a few cities.>Only a few counties in a few swing states had to be stolen to pull it off.>What a coincidence, every swing state didn’t report the results that night or even a week later!>Anyone remember the vote spikes at 4-5am? After the election officials had gone home?>Anyone remember the windows being covered up to prevent election officials from watching the counting?>Remember how the media didn’t cover the fraud lawsuits?>Remember how tech platforms banned people who talked about it.>Anyone notice how there was never any audits of the results reported.>Notice how 1/6 stopped RINOs in their tracks from daring to talk about all of the documented and recorded fraud. It was a planned "attack" by the Democrats.>Their wimpy "Reichstag Fire" event.>This was a coup by the Democrats!you are awake now.
>>990472>Notice how 1/6 stopped RINOs in their tracks from daring to talk about all of the documented and recorded fraud.Wew what a unique cope.In other news - no fraud was found. Trump judges literally laughed you lot out of court.
>>990598>Photoshop damage control intensifies
>>990601>MAGAt assblasted by reality.Reality finds no reason to follow your delusions.
up you go.
Reminder that its now confirmed sedition now, cry more MAGAt.
>>990255>>990276and worth mention is that double jeopardy is a huge factor in not wanting to fuck up, you need to guarantee a conviction on the first run or you cant drag someone to court again on new evidence(other than maybe DNA evidence which likely doesnt come into play here)
>>990050That's fast for us government. Especially during CoVid lockdown. They're in no rush to trip dick first into a fuckup that exonerates these assholes.>>990057They didn't. He posted bail. The legal system is based on restitution and potential harm. Nothing's missing you just dont understand the law.
>>989931"sedition" "coup" "muh institutions" LULZ!!!!!!!!
>>990939This, as much as it would great for America for Trump to be in prison now, if you're getting him for sedition you have to dig up everything and Trump has been doing all he can to destroy and bury evidence.
>>989931>But at least four Oath Keepers who were at the Capitol that day and are cooperating with the government have sworn in court papers that the group intended to breach the building with the goal of obstructing the final certification of the Electoral College vote.Sounds like obvious fed plants, but okay.
>>990987Sounds like obvious cope by you, but okay.
>>990241>>990167Ah, the left supports gitmo now. Shocking.What the hell happened? Why do you just love licking boots as long as those boots are blue?
>>990991WOW, this article exposing how police conspired with domestic terrorists groups was censored. >>990929
>>989931blah blah blah blahThe TRUTH is The coup was by the big tech 1% and Democrats in a few cities.Only a few counties in a few swing states had to be stolen to pull it off.What a coincidence, every swing state didn’t report the results that night or even a week later!Anyone remember the vote spikes at 4-5am? After the election officials had gone home?Anyone remember the windows being covered up to prevent election officials from watching the counting?Remember how the media didn’t cover the fraud lawsuits?Remember how tech platforms banned people who talked about it.Anyone notice how there was never any audits of the results reported.Notice how 1/6 stopped the wimpy RINOs in their tracks from talking about the fraud….This was a coup by the Democrats.
>>991631I like your copypasta because its basically an intro to crazy conspiracy theories. With each dumb point that was refuted long ago, able to teach what crazy looks like
>>989931>Oath Larpers were FBI the whole timeYou don't say
>>991664Anon reread the article again.
>>991667>>991745It's funny how whenever the right wing is caught committing acts of terrorism they blame the Trump controlled FBI.
>>992316INB4 this doesn't count because they didn't bring them on the day of the coup