Oath Keepers leader guilty of seditious conspiracy in 1/6 case

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Stewart Rhodes, the found of the Oath Keepers, was found guilty and convicted on Tuesday of seditious conspiracy for a plot to overturn Democrat Joe Biden’s presidential win, handing the Justice Department a major victory in its massive prosecution of the Jan. 6 protest.

  • YAHOO NEWS – A Washington, D.C., jury found Rhodes guilty of sedition after three days of deliberations in the nearly two-month-long trial that showcased the far-right extremist group’s efforts to keep Republican Donald Trump in the White House at all costs.
  • NBC NEWS – Three other members of the group who were on trial alongside Rhodes and Meggs — Jessica Watkins, Kenneth Harrelson and Thomas Caldwell — were found not guilty on the seditious conspiracy charge. All five defendants were found guilty of obstruction of an official proceeding and aiding and abetting for their actions on Jan. 6.
  • BBC – Rhodes, who prosecutors say acted a “battlefield general” during the riot, was also found guilty of tampering with documents or proceedings. He was acquitted of two other conspiracy counts.
  • POLITICO – Rhodes’ conviction is the most significant to emerge from the Justice Department’s sprawling investigation of the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol, when dozens of Oath Keepers joined the mob that stormed the building and chased Congress, as well as then-Vice President Mike Pence, into hiding.