A number of far-right groups have gained attention for their roles in the January 6 attack. One of those groups is the Oath Keepers,
an anti-government militia that calls on its members to fulfil the oath US service members take: to “defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic”.
The group’s founder is Stewart Rhodes, a former US Army paratrooper and Yale-educated lawyer who often wears an eyepatch to cover an injury sustained during a firearm accident.
Rhodes and several of his fellow Oath Keepers were the first to face seditious conspiracy charges in relation to the January 6 attack.
The serious but rarely used charge implies that a defendant conspired to overthrow the government, oppose its authority or hinder its laws.
The US Department of Justice alleged that the Oath Keepers were “prepared and willing to use force” to prevent the peaceful transfer of power.
They argued that the January 6 attack was coordinated. But Rhodes and his co-defendants denied those claims, testifying that there was no plan to enter the Capitol building.