Elmer Stewart Rhodes, chief and founding father of the far-right militia group Oath Keepers, and ten different members or associates have been charged with seditious conspiracy within the 6 January assault on the Capitol, authorities mentioned.
Mr Rhodes pleaded “not responsible” to the cost and different counts and remained in federal custody on Friday. He was arrested by the FBI at a home in Little Elm on 13 January and brought to the Collin County Jail.
In a press release, the US division of justice mentioned Mr Rhodes, 56, from Granbury, Texas, and 63-year-old Edward Vallejo of Phoenix, Arizona, “are being charged for the primary time in reference to occasions main as much as and together with Jan 6.”
The Justice Division additional added that the “seditious conspiracy indictment alleges that, following the three November 202 presidential election, Mr Rhodes conspired together with his co-defendants and others to oppose by power the execution of the legal guidelines governing the switch of presidential energy by 20 January 2021.”
It mentioned that starting late December 2020, Mr Rhodes and numerous “co-conspirators coordinated and deliberate to journey to Washington, DC, on or round 6 January 2021, the date of the certification of the electoral school vote, the indictment alleges” by way of encrypted and personal communications functions.
Mr Rhodes and a number of other co-conspirators allegedly made plans to convey weapons to the world to help the operation, it mentioned. “The co-conspirators then travelled throughout the nation to the Washington DC, metropolitan space in early January 2021.”
“In accordance with the seditious conspiracy indictment, the defendants conspired by quite a lot of manners and means, together with: organising into groups that had been ready and prepared to make use of power and to move firearms and ammunition into Washington DC; recruiting members and associates to take part within the conspiracy; organising trainings to show and study paramilitary fight ways,” based on the fees.
The eleven members of Oath Keepers are additionally accused of “bringing and contributing paramilitary gear, weapons and provides – together with knives, batons, camouflaged fight uniforms, tactical vests with plates, helmets, eye safety and radio tools – to the Capitol grounds; breaching and trying to take management of the Capitol grounds and constructing on 6 January 2021, in an effort to forestall, hinder and delay the certification of the electoral school vote.”
In the meantime, performing president of the Oath Keepers Kellye SoRelle mentioned “he (Mr Rhodes) shouldn’t be responsible of any of the outlandish expenses” and the organisation stands with him.
James Lee Brilliant, one in all Mr Rhodes’ attorneys, mentioned: “He intends to combat the fees till the very, very finish.”