DOJ charges Oath Keepers founder, 10 others with seditious conspiracy related to Jan. 6 riot

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The Department of Justice unveiled seditious conspiracy charges in opposition to 11 defendants, together with the founder and chief of the right-wing Oath Keepers militia group, Elmer Stewart Rhodes III, for his or her position within the Jan. 6 riot on the U.S. Capitol.

On Jan. 6, 2021, after then-President Trump had repeatedly claimed that the 2020 election had been stolen from him, hundreds of his supporters left his rally at Freedom Plaza close to the White House and headed towards the Capitol. Lawmakers evacuated the complicated and quickly suspended the certification of the Electoral College outcomes as rioters broke by means of police traces and entered the constructing.

A Capitol Police officer fatally shot Ashli Babbitt, a 35-year-old Air Force veteran, who was making an attempt to pressure her approach into the House chamber. Another individual died throughout the riot after struggling a drug overdose, and two others died naturally from medical emergencies. Brian Sicknick, a 42-year-Capitol Police officer, obtained hit with pepper spray throughout the chaos and died the following day after affected by two thromboembolic strokes. Four different officers who responded to the riot dedicated suicide within the months following. 


The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia had beforehand charged greater than 700 folks throughout the nation for his or her alleged participation within the riot, together with at the very least 81 present or former service members, CBS News reported. About 275 of these defendants have been charged with a felony offense of “attempting to corruptly obstruct, influence, or impede” the Electoral College certification.

More than 150 of the defendants have pleaded responsible, and 71 had been sentenced as of Jan. 1, according to Politico. Most of those sentenced Jan. 6 offenders had been convicted of misdemeanors, corresponding to illegally coming into the Capitol constructing, and fewer than half of them have obtained jail time. The median jail sentence for the Capitol rioters was 45 days, as of Jan. 6, 2022.

Oath Keepers founder Elmer Stewart Rhodes’ mugshot launched Thursday.
(Collin County Jail)

Robert Palmer – who admitted to throwing a wood plank at police exterior the Capitol and to spraying a hearth extinguisher at officers, then throwing the empty machine at police – has obtained the stiffest sentence to date, greater than 5 years in jail.


Democrats and media retailers have framed the riot as an “insurrection,” but no defendants had confronted charges of revolt or sedition till the brand new charges in opposition to Rhodes and others on Jan. 13. 

The House of Representatives impeached Trump one week after the riot for “incitement of insurrection,” with 10 Republicans voting in favor, essentially the most pro-impeachment votes ever from a president’s social gathering. Trump left office on Jan. 20 and the Senate acquitted him greater than three weeks later.

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