United States: The “Oath Keepers” trial documents the plot of the White House and this militia to annul the 2020 election.
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October 11, 2022
Last Friday ended the first week of the seditious conspiracy trial of five members of the fascist Oath Keepers militia.
Along with the group’s founder, Elmer Stewart Rhodes III, also on trial are ex-Army soldier Jessica Watkins, ex-Navy commander Thomas Caldwell, ex-Army soldier Kenneth Harrelson and Kelly Meggs, the head of the Oath Keepers in Florida.
All defendants have pleaded not guilty to the Civil War-era charge, which carries up to 20 years in prison. The defendants are also charged with conspiring to prevent certification of the election. If found guilty, they all face decades in prison.
Department of Justice (DoJ) prosecutors presented text messages, audio recordings, phone calls, statements from FBI agents and testimony from three former Oath Keepers to establish evidence that Rhodes and the others hatched the plan of travel to Washington and commit acts of violence there. The goal is to prevent the certification of the 2020 presidential election by Congress and to keep Donald Trump in power.
Each day of the trial, prosecutors highlighted communications between Rhodes and Roger Stone, Trump’s longtime political friend and honorary member of the far-right Proud Boys militia.
In the early days of the trial, prosecutors interviewed FBI agent Michael Palian. Palian testified about text messages Rhodes sent to the encrypted “Friends of Stone” chat group (FOS) on November 7, 2020, the day Joe Biden was declared the winner by mainstream media. In those messages, Rhodes asked the group, “What’s the plan? We have to get going.”
Rhodes, a former Army paratrooper, congressional staffer for former Republican Rep. Ron Paul and Yale-educated attorney, added, “I’m on my way to [Washington D.C.] now, with my tactical chiefs of the Oath Keepers for a possible [opération] to DC to recon with the chiefs and make plans. I am available for a face to face meeting”.
The Friends of Stone chat group is run by Roger Stone who, like Trump, has still not been charged with any crime more than 21 months after the January 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol.
Prosecutors said that in the group’s ‘chat’, Rhodes presented a “step-by-step” action plan based on a video produced by Aleksandar Savić, a right-wing academic. In the video, Savić compares the 2020 US election to the 2000 election in Serbia, and says, “When they declare their fake victory, you need to start massive civil disobedience.”
Savić, however, said that was not enough and that Trump supporters needed to have the “energy” to “go further”.
“Yes, I call on you to violence, if that’s the only way. Who cares? Yes I do. Here it is: broken taboo”.
After presenting a plan to the FOS group that echoed Savić’s proposed plan, Rhodes wrote, “So will you stand up and push Trump to FINALLY take decisive action”?