Stewart Rhodes was one of those who closely followed the House Jan. 6, committee hearings. He is the leader of Oath Keepers militia, which was present at the Capitol Riot.
The former Army paratrooper turned Yale law graduate and militia leader is now 22 in isolation and has not had contact outside the prison since January when he was arrested on suspicion of seditious conspiracies.
He hasn’t been denied access to the highly publicized hearings of the panel, which echo inside his otherwise sparse cell.
“I have listened or watched all of them,” Rhodes said to The Washington Times. I have a radio. “I can listen to C-SPAN radio.
There is little else to fill his day, most of which is spent in a 12-foot by 8-foot cell with gray walls and two window slits that offer a narrow view of the outside world.
“There is nothing to do.” he stated. “Work out. Eat. Sleep. Showering is something I do once per day. The rest of my time, I read .”
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The Democrat-led panel has held six hearings so far since its conclusion was released last month. This comes nearly a year after a long investigation. The seventh hearing, scheduled for Tuesday night, will feature Mr. Rhodes as the prominent member of the seven Democrats-led panel and two anti Trump Republicans who discuss the right-wing involvement at the Capitol Riot.
Committee staff said that they would show Tuesday’s hearing how the Oath Keepers are part of an “extremist coalition” in an “illegal pressure campaign against the election .”
The Department of Justice charged 11 Oath Keepers members with conspiring to seditiously cause the Capitol Riot. The group is accused of conspiring to disrupt the peaceful transfer power after the November 2020 elections.
Seditious conspiracies are defined by U.S. Code: “If more than two persons, in any state or territory, conspire or attempt to overthrow or destroy the government of the United States or to levy warfare against them or oppose the authority thereof or force to prevent, hinder or delay the execution any law of United States or by force seize, take or possess any property or rights of the United States contrary the authority thereof they will each be subject to this title and imprisone either
This offense is similar to treason, but it’s a less serious charge. Treason can lead to death.
Members of the Oath Keepers were dressed in military gear, including helmets and tactical vests. They attended the Capitol Riot according to the charging documents.
Charging documents further allege that the group set up firearms in Washington before the Jan. 6 events 2021.. Federal prosecutors claimed that the weapons were distributed to a quick reaction force, which was prepared to transport weapons and other weapons quickly into Washington on the day before the riot.
Three Oath Keepers members have pleaded guilty.
Mr. Rhodes pleaded not guilty. His group, he claims, was present in Washington Jan. 6 for security purposes at pro-Trump rallies that were scheduled during the day. He claimed he didn’t enter or instruct anyone within his group not to enter Washington.
He stated that he had weapons stored outside Washington, but that he didn’t violate any laws by doing so.
Mr. Rhodes stressed also that he had never been in contact with Trump’s associates or the former President.
He is not optimistic that his side will be heard at Tuesday’s hearing.
After taking a virtual deposition, in which he refused to answer some of the questions on the panel’s advice, Mr. Rhodes offered to take the stand under oath to tell the truth.
Phil Linder, Mr. Rhodes’ lawyer on Monday, stated that the terms had not been agreed to by the committee. The matter was not discussed by the committee.
” They’ll do everything they can to make our appearance as demonic as possible,” Mr. Rhodes stated. They took it out of context. “Totally out of context.
He claimed that the committee was conducting Soviet-era “show cases” to find a criminal conviction for former Mr. Trump.
Mr. Linder stated that those accused in relation to the riot were caught in the middle. He said that the media’s coverage of the trial will almost certainly influence the selection jury for Mr. Rhodes’ trial.
“They’re merely assuring us that we won’t get a fair trial,” said Mr. Linder.