Friday morning a 44-year-old member of the far-right militia group the Oath Keepers, Brian Ulrich, pled guilty to seditious conspiracy for his role in the January 6th Capitol Riot, three months after being indicted with 10 other members. He is the second member of the Oath Keepers to take a plea deal.
Ulrich’s mission during the insurrection was to confront officers in the Capitol Rotunda. According to Scott Macfarlane of CBS News, Ulrich implicated Oath Keeper founder – and coup co-conspirator – Stewart Rhodes as part of his cooperation in his plea deal.
In his signed agreement with feds, Ulrich specifies that Stewart Rhodes was part of the conspiracy to stop the lawful transfer of power
— Scott MacFarlane (@MacFarlaneNews) April 29, 2022
There have been hundreds of arrests, but this was the first indictment for seditious conspiracy, coming over a year after the failed insurrection.
According to the Department of Justice:
“At approximately 2:30 p.m., as detailed in the indictment, Hackett, Harrelson, Meggs, Moerschel and Watkins, and other Oath Keepers and affiliates – many wearing paramilitary clothing and patches with the Oath Keepers name, logo, and insignia – marched in a “stack” formation up the east steps of the Capitol, joined a mob, and made their way into the Capitol. Later, another group of Oath Keepers and associates, including James, Minuta, and Ulrich, formed a second “stack” and breached the Capitol grounds, marching from the west side to the east side of the Capitol building and up the east stairs and into the building.”
Although he originally faced up to 20 years, the plea deal will reduce Ulrich’s time to a mere 5-7 years. Better than nothing, but not nearly enough for the five lives lost in connection to the horrific violence some credit the Oath Keepers with escalating.
Ulrich is only the second of the eleven indicted to plead guilty. In March, Joshua James – military vet and leader of the Alabama chapter of the right-wing domestic terrorist organization – agreed to cooperate with investigators.
Founded in 2009, the Oath Keepers flew relatively under the radar until the former guy was elected. They’ve since gained in profile and notoriety as more incidents that were driven by white supremacy and hate increased in both number and frequency. They are also known to associate with former president Donald Trump’s inner circle, like convicted felon and conspiracy theorist Roger Stone. I texted Roger to ask about his association with the Oath Keepers, and this was his response:
“I know nothing whatsoever about this. Never heard of that organization. I have no idea what the Oathkeepers may or may not be doing.”
As more and more insurrectionists seem to be eating their own, there is hope that those responsible for the planning and most egregious acts on January 6th, will see and meet, justice. One person who will breathe a sigh of relief is Tasha Adams, the former wife of the Oath Keepers’ founder, Rhodes. I reached out to Tasha for a statement when news broke of Ulrich’s plea.
This is what Adams had to say:
“Ya, very glad to move on with normal life stuff. I’ll be glad when Stewart’s trial is over, and we can kind of move forward- assuming he’s found guilty. If he’s acquitted or pardoned, then nothing is over. But we’re staying positive.”