Stewart Rhodes, the founder and chief of the far-right Oath Keepers militia group, has been arrested and charged with seditious conspiracy within the 6 January assault on the US Capitol, authorities mentioned Thursday.
Rhodes is the highest-ranking member of an extremist group to be arrested within the lethal siege and it’s the first time the justice division has introduced a seditious conspiracy cost in reference to the assault on the Capitol.
Rhodes is charged together with greater than a dozen different members and associates of the Oath Keepers, who authorities say got here to Washington intent on stopping the certification of President Joe Biden’s victory.
Rhodes didn’t enter the Capitol constructing on 6 January however is accused of serving to put into movement the violence that disrupted the certification of the vote. The Oath Keepers case is the most important conspiracy case federal authorities have introduced up to now over 6 January, when hundreds of pro-Trump rioters stormed previous police boundaries and smashed home windows, injuring dozens of officers and sending lawmakers operating.