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Prosecutors Accuse Oath Keepers of Planning “Armed Rebellion” Against U.S. Gov’t

HeadlineOct 05, 2022

In news on the January 6 insurrection, the seditious conspiracy trial of Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes and four other members of the far-right group is continuing. On Tuesday, prosecutors played for the jury an audio recording of a meeting held by the Oath Keepers after the 2020 election where Rhodes talked about bringing weapons to Washington D.C., to help Donald Trump stay in power. In the recording, Rhodes is heard saying, “We’re not getting out of this without a fight. There’s going to be a fight.” Rhodes also talked about keeping some members of the group outside of the city who could provide backup support. He is heard saying, “I do want some Oath Keepers to stay on the outside and to stay fully armed and prepared to go in if they have to.” During opening arguments, Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Nestler said, “Their goal was to stop, by whatever means necessary, the lawful transfer of presidential power, including by taking up arms against the United States government. They concocted a plan for armed rebellion to shatter a bedrock of American democracy.”

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