Biggest J6 Trial Begins, US Vs. Oath Keepers

FILE - 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 Thursday.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

At a glance

  • The historic trial of Oath Keepers leader Stewart Rhodes and four of his top lieutenants will provide a deep dive into a far right-wing militia and extremist movement as they allegedly planned to stop Joe Biden from becoming president in January 2021 by any means necessary.

  • Federal prosecutors intend to prove that the plan included a reconnaissance trip to Washington, DC, staging an armed “quick reaction force” at a hotel across the Potomac River, using a military formation to breach the US Capitol, and, for some defendants, searching for lawmakers inside.

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