In the United States, the trial began against members of the Oath Keepers group, who were present in the January 6, 2020 attack on the United States Capitol, when they tried to block the certification of Joe Biden as US President by Congress . They deny the charges they have been charged with: conspiracy to treason.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Nestler argued in his lawsuit against the extremist group Oath Keepers that its founder, Stewart Rhodes, and four other associates planned an “armed rebellion” in the January 6, 2021 attack on Capitol Hill. President Donald Trump is in power.
According to the prosecutor, the purpose of Rhodes and his gang was to “prevent by any means necessary, the legal transfer of presidential power, even taking up arms against the government of the United States” and noted that they created “an American democracy.” The plan of an armed rebellion to shatter the foundations of
These are the first defendants from that day to be tried on charges of conspiracy to treason, which stems from the Civil War and carries a prison sentence of up to 20 years. The last time the Justice Department received such a sentence was 30 years ago in a trial.
“Overthrow, Repeal, or Dismantle Congress”
The prosecutor’s office told the jury that the rebellion was not a spontaneous outburst of anger over the election results, but part of an elaborate plan whose sole purpose was to prevent Joe Biden from reaching the White House.
Nestler noted the fact that in November 2020, Rhodes sent his followers a detailed plan that was based on a popular uprising in Yugoslavia 20 years earlier and that the rhetoric of the head of the Oath Keepers had become more violent and desperate .
During an interview in December, Rhodes called the senators “traitors” and warned those sworn in would “overthrow, repeal, or eliminate Congress.”
But Rhodes defense attorney Philip Linder paints a different picture, describing the group as a “peace-keeping” force. According to him, the prosecutor’s office built the case on the basis of selected evidence from messages and videos. “The story the government is trying to tell today is completely wrong,” he said.
The lawyer also said that “Rhodes had no intention of harming the Capitol that day” and was merely preparing the orders expected of Trump, which never came.
On test for the events of January 6, 2020
Some 900 people have been charged and hundreds have been convicted for the events of that January 6, when rioters tried to interfere with Joe Biden’s certification as president, crossed the Capitol’s police barriers, agents engaged in a hand-to-hand fight with the Congress, broke the windows and entered the building where the Congress Plenary session was held, causing panic among the Congressmen.
Prosecutor Nestler said, “Oath Keepers stormed the Capitol in helmets and other combat gear while Rhodes stood outside, as if “one was watching his soldiers on the battlefield.” After the attack, members of the group ” enthusiasm”, he said.
Rhodes wrote messages on January 6 that drew attention to the lawsuit. “The patriots entering their own capitol to send a message to the traitors are nothing compared to what is to come” was one of them.
Guns and ammunition worth $17,000
Before Biden’s inauguration, prosecutors said Rhodes spent nearly $17,000 on firearms, ammunition and other items and that the order of the Oath Keepers chief was to organize a militia to oppose the Democrat’s nomination.
The prosecution stated in its statement, “These defendants were fighting a war and they won a battle on January 6, but they planned to continue that war to prevent the transfer of power. Fortunately, their plan failed. ” Logic.
The defense says the sworn-in went to Washington for the sole purpose of providing security at events where former President Donald Trump’s aide, Roger Stone, was scheduled to attend, and that members of the group who worked in the attack . Capital did this because of your account.
In addition to Rhodes, Kelly Meigs, Florida leader of the Oath Keepers; Kenneth Harrelson, also from Florida; Thomas Caldwell, a US Navy intelligence officer, and Jessica Watkins, who led a militia group from Ohio.
Meggs and Harrelson were the ones who guided a group of seven people toward the Capitol’s House of Representatives, where, according to the Prosecutor’s Office, they were specifically looking for the speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi.
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