Oath Keepers' Stewart Rhodes Played Role In Capitol Riot, US Alleges - 2021-03-09

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F0.png Oath Keepers' Stewart Rhodes Played Role In Capitol Riot, US Alleges March 9, 2021, Ken Bensinger, BuzzFeed News

Federal prosecutors late Monday alleged that the leader of the Oath Keepers encouraged followers to come to Washington, DC, on Jan. 6 armed with less-than-lethal weapons and later stood outside the Capitol during the insurrection directing them toward a potential entry point.

Just after 2 p.m. on Jan. 6, according to prosecutors in a new court filing, Stewart Rhodes sent a message on the encrypted Signal app to several of his followers saying: "Come to the South Side of the Capitol on steps." At 2:41 p.m., Rhodes, who is referred to in court filings as Person One, posted a photograph of the Capitol with the caption: "South side of US Capitol. Patriots pounding on doors."

Monday's filing is the clearest indication federal prosecutors have yet given that they believe Rhodes played a significant role in real-time actions on the ground on Jan. 6. Prosecutors have already charged several Oath Keepers with conspiracy for their actions at the Capitol and have described the Oath Keepers as a "loosely organized collection of militia who believe that the federal government has been co-opted by a shadowy conspiracy that is trying to strip American citizens of their rights."

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