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INEVITABLE: Oath Keepers leader believes Trump will be indicted for Jan 6th as well

INEVITABLE: Oath Keepers leader believes Trump will be indicted for Jan 6th as well

INEVITABLE: Oath Keepers leader believes Trump will be indicted for Jan 6th as well

Stewart Rhodes, the Oath Keepers leader who has been convicted on seditious conspiracy charges, believes that former president Donald Trump will be indicted for his role in the January 6th insurrection too.

Rhodes is uniquely positioned to offer inside information on January 6th, including who in the Trump Administration may have known about the plans to attack.

With all that inside information, it’s his opinion that Donald Trump himself will be indicted.

Rhodes, who calls himself a ‘political prisoner’ and has indicated an intent to appeal his own conviction, is still framing the potential prosecution as a politically-motivated attack, rather than accountability for crimes committed.

He claims that the cases against him, other Oath Keepers, and Proud Boys members, were “test cases” to prepare the strategy.

Accordingly, he says that he believes Trump will be indicted on many of the same charges he was — seditious conspiracy, conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding, obstruction of an official proceeding, and conspiracy to prevent Members of Congress from discharging their duties. He says:

“It’s a foregone conclusion, they’re going to indict Trump, again, for January 6th. It’s gonna be the same charges that they leveled against me.”

That clip is below.

Bear in mind that Rhodes has a certain stake in Trump’s triumph in the 2024 election.

Even before his conviction, his estranged wife, Tasha Adams, who had, at that point, been trying for over two years to obtain a divorce, warned that he expected to be convicted and that he planned for Trump to be re-elected and then issue him a pardon, according to HuffPost.

Rhodes and his cohort were seen in messages after Trump’s 2020 loss and before Congress met to formalize the electoral vote, discussing contact between group members and Trump ally Michael Flynn.

There was also a message from Rhodes to Trump, calling for the then-president to invoke the Insurrection Act and arrest Members of Congress.

That message did not make it to Trump, and if there were any direct contacts between Trump and the now-convicted seditious conspirators, there’s been no public disclosure of them.

However, it’s at least clear that there were efforts to make contact, and if Trump played any more direct role, Rhodes might be the person who would know about it.

Steph Bazzle covers politics and theocracy, always aiming for a world free from extremism and authoritarianism. Follow Steph on Twitter @imjustasteph.

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