On January 6, Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes sought Trump’s approval of the violence – Mother Jones

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On the evening of January 6, 2021, Stewart Rhodes, the founder of the far-right militia group Oath Keepers, called an unnamed person. With the rioters still inside the Capitol, he hoped to reach out to Donald Trump to get the order to use violence to keep the then president in office, according to a new judicial act by federal prosecutors.

The incident just revealed indicates that the Department of Justice’s investigation into Rhodes and other Oaths Guards accused of participating in a seditious conspiracy is getting closer to the former president and aides who helped him try to keep power. despite his electoral defeat, even if the legal implications of the phone calls are unclear.

The call was revealed in court Wednesday in a filing related to aa guilty plea by William Wilson, a North Carolina oath keeper. The documents make it clear that Wilson, who has admitted A seditious conspiracy and obstacle to official proceedings, he has already collaborated with prosecutors and appears to have shared information extremely damaging to Rhodes and other Oath Guardians.

The filing shows Wilson told prosecutors that he conspired with Rhodes and others to “forcibly oppose the legitimate transfer of presidential power” and recounted multiple cases in which they spoke of using violence to keep Trump in office.

“Wilson has heard Rhodes on multiple occasions discuss the potential need for Rhodes and his co-conspirators to engage in force, to include lethal violence, in order to stop the transfer of power,” the document states. “With this understanding, Wilson agreed to take part in a plan developed by Rhodes to use all necessary means, up to and including the use of force, to achieve this goal.”

To make matters worse for Rhodes, Wilson appears to have shared that Rhodes mentioned an impeding civil war in a November 9 planning call with other Oath Guardians, and claimed that the war was underway as Wilson “illegally entered the restricted grounds. of the Capitol, “the document says. Rhodes continued to talk about violence and complain about the violence even after January 6, prosecutors noted.

But the most surprising revelation in the filing concerns the call Rhodes made to “an individual” just after 5:00 pm on January 6, when Rhodes, Wilson “and other co-conspirators” gathered in a suite at the Phoenix Hotel near the Capitol. . . According to the filing: “Wilson overheard Rhodes repeatedly pleading with the individual to tell President Trump to invite groups such as the Oath Keepers to forcibly oppose the transfer of power. This individual denied Rhodes’s request to speak directly with the president. Trump At the end of the call, Rhodes told the group, “I just want to fight.”

The filing does not indicate whether Rhodes and the person he called had previously spoken, what connection the person had with Trump, or what knowledge they had of the alleged Oath Keepers plot.