Oath Keepers founder despatched 'torches and pitchforks' message, prosecutors inform Jan. 6 riot trial

Prosecutors urged members of a jury to convict Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes and 4 others for his or her roles in storming the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, saying they shaped an “armed riot” to disrupt the peaceable swap of vitality. “They concocted a plan for an armed riot to shatter a bedrock of yank democracy,” prosecutor Jeff Nestler acknowledged on Monday in a spot assertion at their trial in federal court docket in Washington, D.C. Rhodes advised his followers in the course of the strategy planning stage that “will in all probability be torches and pitchforks time in the event that they [Congress] do not do the proper factor,” primarily based on a message he despatched to his followers that was proven to the jury by prosecutors. Rhodes and his co-defendants, Kelly Meggs, Thomas Caldwell, Jessica Watkins and Kenneth Harrelson, are accused of plotting to forcefully forestall the U.S. Congress from certifying Democratic President Joe Biden’s 2020 election victory in a fa

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