Oath Keepers Leader, 10 Others Charged With ‘Seditious Conspiracy’ for Role in Jan. 6 Riot

Headline Roundup January 13th, 2022

On Thursday, the Justice Department charged the leader of the Oath Keepers and 10 others with “seditious conspiracy” for their alleged role in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot

The Oath Keepers leader, Stewart Rhodes, was arrested by the FBI on Thursday. The charges specifically allege that Rhodes “conspired with his co-defendants and others to oppose by force the execution of the laws governing the transfer of presidential power by Jan. 20, 2021.” This marks the first charge of “seditious conspiracy” in the Justice Department’s investigation into the Jan. 6 riot

Coverage was featured prominently in left and center-rated outlets, as well as some right-leaning outlets like Washington Examiner (Lean Right). Left-leaning outlets like the Washington Post (Lean Left) and NBC News (Lean Left) were more likely to call the Oath Keepers an “extremist” group; most coverage across the spectrum called them a “far-right militia group.”

From the Center
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Stewart Rhodes, a founder and leader of the far-right Oath Keepers militia, has been arrested and charged in connection with events leading up to and including the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, the Justice Department announced Thursday.

Why it matters: Rhodes is the most prominent figure arrested on charges related to the Capitol insurrection.

State of play: Rhodes, along with 10 other defendants, was charged with seditious conspiracy.

The indictment alleges that following the 2020 presidential election, Rhodes "conspired with his co-defendants and others to oppose by force the execution of the laws governing the...

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From the Right
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The Department of Justice unveiled seditious conspiracy charges against 11 defendants, including the founder and leader of the right-wing Oath Keepers militia group, Elmer Stewart Rhodes III, for their role in the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.

On Jan. 6, 2021, after then-President Trump had repeatedly claimed that the 2020 election had been stolen from him, thousands of his supporters left his rally at Freedom Plaza near the White House and headed toward the Capitol. Lawmakers evacuated the complex and temporarily suspended the certification of the Electoral College results as...

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From the Left
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The Justice Department has charged 11 defendants with seditious conspiracy related to the Capitol attack on January 6, 2021, including the leader of the Oath Keepers, Stewart Rhodes.

The new indictment, handed down by a grand jury on Wednesday and made public Thursday, alleges that Rhodes and his co-conspirators engaged in a conspiracy to "oppose the lawful transfer of presidential power by force, by preventing, hindering, or delaying by force execution of laws governing the transfer of power."

The latest court filings revealed that Oath Keeper Thomas Caldwell, who was arrested...

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