…from the New York Times
[ Editor’s Note: The past year of investigations is finally bearing fruit with Insurrection charges moving up the tree. The arrest of Stewart Rhodes, a Yale Law School attorney and former Congressional staffer will send a message out to the rest of the Insurrection gang that time may not be on their side.
Rhodes’ proclaimed innocence seems based on his not having been on scene, which is silly, as the Feds say he was communicating with Oath Keepers by assumed secure communications.
We all were given earlier warnings by Glenn Kirschner that the Feds do not like to file charges in a major conspiracy without having flipped some of the participants to testify against the leaders. Attorney General Garland basically said the same during his recent address.
However mega villain, mega mouth Trump always has to be the biggest and the best, so he gets his attorney chief of staff to sit with him on a call to Georgia’s Raffensperger, hammering him to throw the election to Trump by rigging the count, while the call was being taped by the Sec. of State, no dummy he.
Last week Trump’s attorney met with the Fulton County DA, getting their courtesy opportunity to offer any ‘non-incriminating’ material they wanted the DA to have before going to the special grand jury to ask for a criminal indictment on Trump.
He went ballistic, even by his standards, ranting about how the Democrats were all about prosecuting their enemies versus running the country. He said this right when we see his Trumper crowd doing everything they can to rig future elections to their benefit, like threatening election workers and their families.
But Trump’s goose is not cooked. The more prison time he is facing, the more desperate he will be to run again, to be able to pardon all of his people, who will redouble their efforts to subvert the next elections any way possible… Jim W. Dean ]
First published January 1, 2022
In an interview with The New York Times this summer, Mr. Rhodes expressed frustration that several members of his group had “gone off mission” by entering the Capitol on Jan. 6, quickly adding, “There were zero instructions from me or leadership to do so.”
…Mr. Rhodes, a former Army paratrooper who went on to earn a law degree at Yale, has been under investigation for his role in the riot since at least last spring when, against the advice of his lawyer, he sat down with F.B.I. agents for an interview in Texas.
He was at the Capitol on Jan. 6, communicating by cellphone and a chat app with members of his team, many of whom went into the building. But there is no evidence that he entered the Capitol.
…On Election Day, according to the letter, Mr. Rhodes said that an “honest” count of the votes could only result in a victory for Mr. Trump and called on members of his group to “stock up on ammo” and prepare for a “full-on war in the streets.”
…Prosecutors allege that before and during the riot, Rhodes exchanged dozens of encrypted messages, phone calls and other communications with members of the Oath Keepers group that breached the Capitol.
You can read the full New York Times article here.