‘Oath Keepers’ Seditious Conspiracy Probe Expanded By DOJ

The Oath Keepers are led by their founder Stewart Rhodes, who wears an eye patch he after accidentally discharging his own weapon. Federal prosecutors have now decided to charge him and eight members of his group with “seditious conspiracy.”
They also face additional charges, according to The Washington Post:

‘[They are charged with interrupting] the lawful transfer of power to President Biden in attacking the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.’

A member from Florida Jeremy Brown anticipates he will be charged with conspiracy.  The former Special Forces soldier and failed Republican candidate for Congress joined the group to help ready them for “civil war.”

The charges claimed that the Oath Keepers were quite organized regarding their equipment, travel, and weapons. They even had caches of guns at the ready just outside of the city, because it is illegal to have them in the city. They were ready:

‘[T]o answer Rhodes’ call to take up arms at Rhodes’ direction.’

Last September Brown was arrested for “trespassing and disorderly conduct on restricted Capitol grounds on Jan. 6.” That was only a misdemeanor charge. He said:

‘They are building a case adding me to the seditious conspiracy case.’

Brown also faced more serious federal felony charges in Florida, given that he had in his possession:

‘[U]nregistered explosive grenades, firearms, 8,000 rounds of ammunition and classified documents at his home in Tampa. The documents, from 2004 and 2005, allegedly relate to improvised explosive device and threat frequency reports from Afghanistan, abbreviated operation orders and testing procedures for “spider” remote-controlled explosives.’

This indictment by a grand jury allows the Department of Justice (DOJ) to use the “Civil War-era charge.” Plus:

‘It also aligns the count lodged against Rhodes’s Oath Keepers group with a seditious conspiracy indictment brought against five leaders of a second far-right group with a history of violence, the Proud Boys and its former chairman, Henry “Enique” Tarrio.’

Brown represents himself in court:

‘[But he had a] court-appointed standby counsel and two pro-bono attorneys. He said “Only a fool believes the government would need five prosecutors to prosecute a case on two misdemeanors.”‘

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Their grand jury found evidence to charge the Oath Keepers with interrupting “Congress’s certification of electoral college votes.”

Donald Trump’s longtime friend Roger Stone used the Oath Keepers as bodyguards. He was photographed in Washington with them protecting him on January 6.

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