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Oath Keepers Militia Leader Sought to Contact Trump After Jan. 6 Insurrection

HeadlineNov 03, 2022

In Washington, D.C., a witness testified Wednesday that the head of the far-right Oath Keepers militia tried to contact then-President Trump four days after the January 6 Capitol riot to tell him it was not too late to use paramilitary violence to remain in power. Military veteran Jason Alpers told a federal jury he never delivered the message from Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes. Instead, Alpers says he warned the FBI about Rhodes’s threats of violence. Jurors also heard audio of Stewart Rhodes declaring that on January 6, “we should have brought rifles.” Rhodes also said he would have killed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. He’s expected to testify today in the trial.

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