I’m now reading the statement released by the Department of Justice delineating the arrest and charge of seditious conspiracy laid upon a founder of the Oath Keepers, for his role in the January 6 attempted insurrection.
Better than the media coverage of this, it’s an exciting read with a ton of impact.
More than indicting and arresting this dude, the statement names previously-indicted individuals who are also now subjects of superseding indictments charging seditious conspiracy, as well as others, already arrested, who are charged with somewhat lesser (but still really serious) offenses:
The superseding indictment has now effectively been split into three parts: the 11-defendant seditious conspiracy case, a seven-defendant original case, and a third case against one of the previously charged defendants.
The statement also details what these people actually did. Their actions are eye-opening.
But the two words that thrill me the most are, “and others.” With my bolding:
The seditious conspiracy indictment alleges that, following the Nov. 3, 2020, presidential election, Rhodes conspired with his co-defendants and others to oppose by force the execution of the laws governing the transfer of presidential power by Jan. 20, 2021.
According to the seditious conspiracy indictment, the defendants conspired through a variety of manners and means, including: organizing into teams that were prepared and willing to use force and to transport firearms and ammunition into Washington, D.C.; recruiting members and affiliates to participate in the conspiracy; organizing trainings to teach and learn paramilitary combat tactics; bringing and contributing paramilitary gear, weapons and supplies – including knives, batons, camouflaged combat uniforms, tactical vests with plates, helmets, eye protection and radio equipment – to the Capitol grounds; breaching and attempting to take control of the Capitol grounds and building on Jan. 6, 2021, in an effort to prevent, hinder and delay the certification of the electoral college vote; using force against law enforcement officers while inside the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021; continuing to plot, after Jan. 6, 2021, to oppose by force the lawful transfer of presidential power, and using websites, social media, text messaging and encrypted messaging applications to communicate with co-conspirators and others.
There are a lot of names in this statement. And then there are “others.” From the wording of the statement, it seems pretty clear these “others” have been identified by the DOJ.
I think we’ll find out who they are fairly soon.