Rhodes is the highest-ranking member of an extremist group that has been arrested in the deadly siege, and it is the first time the Justice Department has raised a rebellious conspiracy in connection with the attack on the Capitol.
Rhodes is charged along with more than a dozen other members and associate members of the Oath Keepers, who authorities say came to Washington to stop the certification of President Joe Biden’s victory.
Rhodes did not enter the Capitol building on January 6, but is accused of having helped set in motion the violence that disrupted the confirmation of the vote. The Oath Keepers case is the largest conspiracy case filed by federal authorities so far on January 6, in which thousands of pro-Trump rioters stormed past police barriers and smashed windows, wounding dozens of officers and sending lawmakers running.
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