Founder of far-right group Oath Keepers slapped with sedition charge

Founder of far-right group Oath Keepers slapped with sedition charge


Eleven rioters, including the founder of the far-right group the Oath Keepers, who stormed the US Capitol in an attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election have been charged with seditious conspiracy, federal officials said Thursday. 

Elmer Stewart Rhodes, the 56-year-old founder of the extremist group, was charged alongside Edward Vallejo, 63, and nine other defendants who had been previously arrested for participating in the insurrection. 

Ahead of the riot at the Capitol, Rhodes and his cohorts organized teams who planned to bring ammunition and firearms to Washington and organized training for fellow rioters to learn “paramilitary combat tactics,” the Justice Department said in a statement. 

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During the raid on the Capitol, Rhodes and his followers utilized paramilitary techniques, according

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