Things are not looking good for Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes today after a third member of his right-wing extremist militia group pleaded guilty to seditious conspiracy and obstruction of an official proceeding at the Capitol on January 6th, 2021, and implicated Rhodes in an unsuccessful call to then-president Trump in which wanted to beseech Trump “to call upon groups like the Oath Keepers to forcibly oppose the transfer of power,” according to court documents.
William Todd Wilson, a 44-year-old former leader of the Sampson County, North Carolina chapter of the Oath Keepers, not only pleaded guilty to the charges during a hearing before U.S. District Judge Amit P. Mehta, but he also accepted a plea deal that would force him to cooperate with the Justice Department’s ongoing investigation into the planning for the January 6th insurrection, making him a dangerous witness in the case against Rhodes.
Original reporting by Ryan J. Reilly at NBC News
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