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Trouble brews for some of the controversial Trump supporters as the leader and some other four members of the far-right Oath Keepers militia who had joined the January 6th, 2021 controversial attack on the United States Capitol would be going on trial Tuesday for the rare charge of sedition.
Stewart Rhodes who had been identified as the eyepatch-wearing former soldier and Yale Law School graduate who had also plotted a military-style assault on the Capitol, and some of his other followers had been charged with taking up weapons against the United States in an effort to keep Donald Trump in the White House despite his terrible election defeat.
The sedition charge would also be the toughest yet in the prosecutions of hundreds who had taken part in the January 6 rebellion, which had also aimed to reverse Joe Biden’s victory in the November 2020 election and also bringinh up to 20 years in prison.
Rhodes and eight Oath Keeper members in total have been charged with sedition; four of the eight will go on trial beginning November 29.
Rhodes and his followers conspired “to oppose by force the law transfer of presidential power,” the charges say.
At Rhodes’ direction “they coordinated travel across the country to enter Washington DC (and) equipped themselves with a variety of weapons, donned combat and tactical gear” for the attack, it said.
“We aren’t getting through this without civil war,” Rhodes told the Oath Keepers in a group chat weeks before the uprising, according to the indictment.
If Biden became president, he said, “It will be a bloody and desperate fight… That can’t be avoided.”
The nine Oath Keepers will be the first of some 870 charged in the Capitol attack to go on trial for seditious conspiracy.