Seditious conspiracy: 11 Oath Keepers charged in Jan. 6 riot

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    In this Sunday, June 25, 2017 file photo, Stewart Rhodes, founder of the Oath Keepers, speaks during a rally outside the
    White House in Washington. Rhodes has been arrested and charged with seditious conspiracy in the Jan. 6 attack on the
    U.S. Capitol. The Justice Department announced the charges against Rhodes on Thursda
    y.

    Stewart Rhodes, the founder and leader of the far-right Oath Keepers militia group, and 10 other members or associates have been charged with seditious conspiracy in the violent attack on the U.S. Capitol, authorities said Thursday.

    Despite hundreds of charges already brought in the year since pro-Trump rioters stormed the Capitol in an effort to stop the certification of President Joe Biden’s 2020 election victory, these were the first seditious conspiracy charges levied in connection with the attack on Jan. 6, 2021.

    It marked a serious escalation in the largest investigation in the Justice Department’s history – more than 700 people have been arrested and charged with federal crimes – and highlighted the work that has gone into piecing together the most complicated cases. The charges rebut, in part, the growing chorus of Republican lawmakers who have publicly challenged the seriousness of the insurrection, arguing that since no one had been charged yet with sedition or treason, it could not have been so violent.

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