Merrick Garland, President Joe Biden’s Attorney General, held a press conference on Wednesday following the convictions of Stewart Rhodes and four other members of the right-wing group, the Oath Keepers. The defendants were convicted of seditious conspiracy, a crime which carries a possible 20 years in prison as well as a fine.
Garland began with a discussion of the water shortage in Jackson, Mississippi before moving on to speaking on and answering questions about the Rhodes and other Oath Keepers convictions. saying “iur work yesterday marks significant successes” in the investigation on the attack of the Capitol Building on January 6, 2021.
‘It’s been a busy couple of days for the Justice Department. Just now, I met with the trial team who has worked secure the convictions yesterday evening of five defendants associated with the Oath Keepers organization. they uphold the rule of law, keep this country safe, and to protect the civil rights of all Americans.’
Garland spoke at length about the Oath Keepers case but reminded reporters that investigations are ongoing and that other cases are pending. A number of defendants are still awaiting trial.
‘This particular case is about Mr. Rhodes and the other four defendants. As you know, there’s another set of Oath Keepers to start on Monday.’
Garland also spoke about the ongoing investigation into Trump’s involvement in the insurrection and in his alleged removal of classified materials from the National Archives, which he was discovered to have taken to Mar-a-lago.
‘He promised to the American people in his own statement there would be no pause or hiccup in his work, and as I understand, that’s exactly what’s going on with his work now.’