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Stewart Rhodes – leader of those taking anti-government oaths – was charged Thursday with seditious conspiracy stemming from the Capitol riot, one of the highest-profile arrests in the Justice Department’s massive year-long investigation into the attack.

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According to the DOJ, federal officials arrested 56-year-old Rhodes in Texas on Thursday and charged him and 10 others — nine of whom had previously been arrested on other charges — with seditious conspiracy and other crimes. Press release,

that sounds like First time The DOJ has filed seditious conspiracy charges against defendants in the Capitol riot investigation, threatening up to 20 years in prison if Rhodes and 10 alleged co-conspirators are convicted.

In an indictment released Thursday, prosecutors charged Rhodes and 10 other defendants with conspiracy to “oppose a legitimate transfer of power” on January 6, 2021, when Congress gathered to sign off on President Joe Biden’s election victory. Hui.

The DOJ alleged that the defendants had pre-planned to travel to the DC area with weapons, and that two separate groups of Oath Keeper allies attacked the Capitol in “stack” formations before tearing down the building. Members of the “quick response force” waited outside to support the teams at the Washington Capitals.

The indictment says that Rhodes entered a “restricted area of ​​the Capitol grounds” on January 6, but the DOJ did not allege that he had walked into the Capitol building itself, and that Rhodes did. before this denied Entering the Capitol.

Businesshala has reached out to Rhodes’s lawyer for comment.

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