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In the weeks after the 2020 election, Stewart Rhodes, founder and leader of the

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In the weeks after the 2020 election, Stewart Rhodes, founder and leader of the

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In the weeks after the 2020 election, Stewart Rhodes, founder and leader of the far-right Oath Keepers militia group, had some stark advice for then-President Donald Trump: Invoke a 19th century law known as the Insurrection Act and call out the National Guard to crack down on “domestic traitors” and reverse the “fraudulent” victory of Joe Biden.⁠

“The very survival of our nation as a free Constitutional Republic hangs in the balance,” Rhodes and his domestic partner Kellye SoRelle wrote in an open letter to Trump.⁠

Rhodes’s activities in the run-up to Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol — including his purchase of more than $20,000 worth of firearms that he brought to a motel in the Washington area — have now landed him in a D.C. jail, where he awaits trial on the most far-reaching and significant of the Justice Department cases brought in the wake of the effort to block the certification of the Electoral College vote in the presidential election.⁠

Justice Department prosecutors have charged Rhodes, a former U.S. Army paratrooper who graduated from Yale Law School in 2009, and 10 of his fellow Oath Keepers with participating in a “seditious conspiracy” in their efforts to overturn the election results. Rhodes and nine other defendants have pleaded not guilty to the charges; one defendant has pleaded guilty.⁠

The use of the seditious conspiracy law, which also dates back to the 19th century, was an audacious move by the department; the statute has rarely been invoked, in part because of civil liberties concerns. One of the few modern occasions where such charges were used to prosecute alleged domestic terrorists was when four militants, demanding independence for Puerto Rico from the U.S., shot up the House of Representatives in 1954, wounding several members of Congress.⁠

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✍️: Yahoo News⁠
📷: Susan Walsh/AP

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