Far-right militia leader Oath Keepers arrested in January 6 attack on the United States Capitol
Stewart Rhodes, the founder and leader of far-right militia Oath Keepers, was arrested and charged with seditious conspiracy in the Jan.6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol, authorities said Thursday.
Rhodes is the most senior member of an extremist group to be arrested in the murderous siege, and this is the first time the Justice Department has brought a seditious conspiracy charge in connection with the attack on Capitol Hill.
He is indicted along with more than a dozen other members and associates of the Oath Keepers, who authorities say have come to Washington, DC, with the intention of stopping the certification of President Joe Biden’s electoral victory.
Rhodes did not enter the Capitol during the riot, but he is accused of helping spark the violence that disrupted the certification of the vote.
The Oath Keepers case is the largest conspiracy case federal authorities have yet launched since January 6, when thousands of pro-Donald Trump rioters burst into police gates and smashed windows, injuring dozens of officers and running legislators.