VT believes looking at Rhodes will tie Jan 6 not not only Cruz but McConnell as well. The Oath Keepers has long been a vital part of the GOP, well financed and part of their inventory of subversive groups under the umbrella of InfoWars, Prison Planet and Fox News.
And behind them, AIPAC, MAGA, the ADL and Trump’s ‘Moscow Heavies’
In a new filing overnight, prosecutors alleged that Rhodes was in direct contact with militia members before, during, and after the storming of the Capitol, and was both urging followers to come to Washington, D.C., ahead of Jan. 6 and directing members toward the Capitol building during the insurrection — the clearest indication yet that prosecutors have Rhodes in their crosshairs as allegedly being directly related to the events of that day.
Prosecutors allege that Rhodes instructed members using the encrypted messaging platform Signal in a group chat titled “DC OP: Jan 6 21.” Shortly after 2 p.m., for example, Rhodes allegedly wrote to “Come to the South Side of the Capitol on steps,” according to the government filing. Minutes later, Rhodes allegedly sent the group a photograph of the Capitol with a caption that read “South side of US Capitol. Patriots pounding on doors.” (ABC News)
NPR: Federal prosecutors allege that the founder and leader of the Oath Keepers paramilitary group, Stewart Rhodes, was in direct communication — in the runup to Jan. 6 and then during the Capitol insurrection itself — with militia members who stormed the building.
FBI agents and federal prosecutors are investigating Stewart Rhodes, the founder and leader of the Oath Keepers militia, for any role he might have played in the Capitol riot.— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) March 12, 2021
If he were ever charged, it could amount to a crippling blow to the militia. https://t.co/jMi23zmXiy
The allegations emerged in court papers filed late Monday by the government in the case against Thomas Caldwell, an alleged Oath Keeper who along with eight other people is facing conspiracy and other federal charges in connection with the Jan. 6 insurrection.
BREAKING NEWS (bigger than many will realize): https://t.co/8AKqGyO9gp— Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) March 10, 2021
In the new filing, prosecutors allege that Rhodes was in a group chat called “DC OP: Jan 6 21” on the encrypted messaging platform Signal. Two of Caldwell’s co-defendants, Kelly Meggs and Jessica Watkins, as well as regional Oath Keeper leaders from states across the U.S., were also in the chat.
Rhodes, who is identified in the document as Person One, founded the anti-government Oath Keepers in 2009. He has not been charged in connection with the insurrection, but the latest government filing shows him in direct contact, including on Jan. 6, with several individuals who have been.
NEW: While prosecutors have charged hundreds of accused rioters, Oath Keeper founder Stewart Rhodes has so far remained unscathed. Until now… https://t.co/oyPmed19YS— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) March 9, 2021
According to the government filing, Rhodes sent the group a message as the pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol, telling them to “Come to South Side of Capitol on steps,” and then followed up with a photograph of the southeast side of the building.