The Oath Keepers, a far-right militia group, have been under intense scrutiny in the aftermath of the January 6th Capitol assault. Stewart Rhodes, the founder and leader of the group, has been a focal point of investigations into the events of that day. Recently, it was revealed that Rhodes’ lawyer claims he needed her Trump contacts earlier than the day of the attack. This article will explore the implications of this statement and what it could mean for the ongoing investigations.
Who are the Oath Keepers?
The Oath Keepers are a far-right militia group that was founded in 2009 by Stewart Rhodes, a former Army paratrooper and Yale Law School graduate. The group’s name is derived from the oath that members of the military and law enforcement take to “defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic.” The Oath Keepers believe that the federal government is infringing upon the rights of citizens and that they have a duty to resist.
The group has been involved in several high-profile incidents, including the 2014 Bundy standoff in Nevada and the 2016 occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon. The Oath Keepers have been accused of promoting conspiracy theories and advocating for violence against the government.
What does the lawyer’s statement mean?
According to court documents, Stewart Rhodes’ lawyer claims that he needed her Trump contacts earlier than the day of the Capitol assault. The statement suggests that Rhodes may have been planning something related to the election well before January 6th. It also raises questions about Rhodes’ relationship with the former president and his administration.
The implications of this statement could be significant for ongoing investigations into the events of January 6th. If Rhodes was in communication with Trump or members of his administration prior to the attack, it could suggest that there was a coordinated effort to disrupt the certification of the election results.
The statement from Stewart Rhodes’ lawyer that he needed her Trump contacts earlier than the day of the Capitol assault adds a new dimension to the ongoing investigations. It raises questions about Rhodes’ intentions leading up to the attack and his relationship with the former president. As the investigations continue, it will be interesting to see what other information is uncovered about the involvement of the Oath Keepers and their role in the events of January 6th.