The Feds’ are trying Oath Keepers for violence on that day…
Trying to tie Donald Trump to that…….
And the Oath Keepers trying trying to tie Trump to them also….
While Donald Trump was frantically trying to extend his presidency despite losing the 2020 election, members of far-right extremist groups were watching, interpreting his moves and even seeking to nudge him toward more draconian measures.
“I have been so busy on back channel working groups trying to advise the President,” Stewart Rhodes, founder of the far-right Oath Keepers, said in a Dec. 30 text to allies, describing efforts to convince Trump to invoke the Civil War-era law known as the Insurrection Act in a bid to remain in office….
The trial, as well as a parallel case prosecutors are building against the leaders of the pro-Trump Proud Boys, underscored the degree to which right wing extremist groups sought to operate in tandem with Trump. Ultimately, the prosecution alleges, they saw validation in his rhetoric as they maneuvered to prevent Joe Biden’s inauguration.
Rhodes’ defense lawyers have suggested that much of his fiery language, particularly in a pair of open letters he addressed to Trump, amounted to little more than hyperbole aimed at fundraising for the Oath Keepers. Ultimately, they note, Rhodes didn’t enter the Capitol on Jan. 6, nor did he bring weapons with him. Instead, he remained just outside the building while the others can be seen on video joining the mob that surged into the building after police lines collapsed.
But Rhodes’ own rhetoric alarmed even some members of his group, at least one of whom passed recordings and tips to the FBI — tips that weren’t acted upon until after Jan. 6. But the Justice Department’s criminal case is primarily built on Rhodes’ own words, in private texts, interviews with friendly podcast hosts and public writings that Rhodes posted to the Oath Keepers website…..