The most recent court records show that Oathkeeper Thomas Caldwell, who was arrested in January, claimed to be taking a reconnaissance trip to Washington DC before January 6. use of force to oppose the rightful transfer of power.
“We will not go through this without civil war. It is too late for that. Prepare your mind, body and spirit,” Rhodes is said to have said in a Nov. 5, 2020 signal. In December, according to the indictment, Rhodes wrote of the electoral college certification that “there is no standard political or legal way out.”
Prosecutors have previously said that during the attack, Rhodes used Signal to communicate with other members of the Oath Keepers who were inside the Capitol.
“All I see Trump doing is complaining. I don’t see that he intends to do anything,” Rhodes is said to have written. “So the patriots are taking it into their own hands. They’ve had enough,” he is said to have told Signal at 1:38 p.m. that day, shortly after the siege began.
In addition, the indictment says that Oath Keepers from three different states, including newly indicted Edward Vallejo, hid weapons in a Virginia hotel as part of a rapid response force.
The Justice Department had so far made sure not to push the idea of sedition, but accused defendants affiliated with right-wing groups of conspiring to obstruct congressional proceedings on Jan. 6. The sedition charge has the same potential effect as an obstruction charge but is rarely used, is politically charged and has historically been difficult for the Justice Department to use successfully against suspects.
Previously, some officials of the Biden administration believed that using the sedition charge could politicize the Justice Department’s prosecution of the Capitol assailants, and the department backed off after top former prosecutor Michael Sherwin spoke about the investigation. on CBS’ “60 Minutes” said he believed seditious conspiracy could be blamed.
Rhodes was also relevant to the House investigation of January 6, which in November issued subpoenas for him and his organization for a statement and documents related to the day’s events.
DailyExpertNews reported in July that Rhodes voluntarily gave an interview to the FBI and that investigators confiscated his cell phone. He has denied all wrongdoing.
According to previous court files filed by the Justice Department in other cases, Rhodes said in an online meeting in November 2020, “We are going to defend the president, the duly elected president, and we call on him to do what needs to be done. save our country. Because if you don’t, you’re going to have a bloody civil war and a bloody one — you can call it an insurrection, or you can call it a war or a battle.”
Rhodes’ attorney, Jonathan Moseley, confirmed the arrest.
This story has been updated with additional details.
DailyExpertNews’s Marshall Cohen contributed to this report.