William Todd Wilson — a regional leader of the militia group the Oath Keepers — pleaded guilty to seditious conspiracy and other federal charges related to the Capitol riot.
A dramatic account of how the militia leader, Stewart Rhodes, tried to reach Donald J. Trump on Jan. 6 with a message that the group could help keep him in power was revealed in federal court.
“We now have the closest evidence yet that the President was possibly one degree of separation from the violent, armed insurrection,” says Chris Hayes.
On the night of the Capitol riot on Jan. 6, 2021, the leader of the Oath Keepers militia asked to speak with then-President Donald Trump, to implore him to block the certification of Joe Biden's victory in the 2020 election, Business Insider reports.
Prosecutors say Stewart Rhodes tried to connect with the then-president after the attack on the Capitol and urge him to ask the group to forcibly oppose the ascension of Joe Biden.
William Todd Wilson, 45, admitted to bringing weapons to the Capitol with the intent to stop the certification of Joe Biden and claimed Stewart Rhodes tried to call Donald Trump during the riot.
The militia leader tried to speak with President Trump and implore him to call on groups to stop the certification of Biden's election victory.
Rhodes was arrested on 13 January this year and is accused of seditious conspiracy
A top member of the Oath Keepers said in court on Wednesday that he overheard the leader of the group, Stewart Rhodes, trying and failing to get in touch with then-President Donald Trump after the January 6, 2021, attack on the US Capitol.
A top-ranking member of the far-right extremist group, The Oath Keeper, has admitted that he overheard the organization's leader, Stewart Rhodes, making multiple attempts to get in contact with former President Donald Trump in the days after the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.
WASHINGTON – A member of the Oath Keepers pleaded guilty today to seditious conspiracy and obstruction of an official proceeding for his actions before, during, and after the breach of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. His and others’ actions disrupted a joint session of the U.S. Congress convened to ascertain and count the electoral votes related to the presidential election.
On January 13, 2022, the FBI arrested Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes for his alleged role in last year's riot at the U.S. Capitol. According to the charging documents, Rhodes and other Oath Keepers formed a "quick reaction force" ready to "rapidly transport firearms and other weapons into Washington, D.C., in support of operations aimed at using force to stop the lawful transfer of presidential power." He and 10 other defendants have been charged with seditious conspiracy and several other...