US: Far-right Oath Keepers founder pleads not guilty to sedition Political News

Stuart Rhodes has been charged with incitement conspiracy in connection with the January 6 attack on the US Capitol last year.

Founder of far-right Oathkeepers militia pleads not guilty to incitement conspiracy charges as he allegedly fatal attack Last year at the U.S. Capitol.

Stuart Rhodes, in handcuffs and shackles, made his first court appearance in federal court in Plano, Texas, in the custody of U.S. Marshals on Friday.

Rhodes, 56, is the most high-profile defendant Charges over 725 To date, he has been implicated in the January 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol in Washington, D.C.

A group of Donald Trump supporters stormed the Capitol shortly after the former Republican president spoke inflammatory speech in which he repeated his false report The 2020 US election has been marred by widespread fraud.

The Justice Department will ask Rhodes to be detained pending trial, a prosecutor said at Friday’s hearing.

Rhodes’ attorney, James Lee Bright, told reporters his client intended to fight the charges.

“He believed he would be acquitted,” Bright said, adding that Rhodes would object to the government’s request for pretrial detention. “He had no reason to run away. He didn’t have a passport. He had nowhere to go,” Bright said.

Rhodes is charged Earlier this week, authorities said they had traveled to Washington, D.C., with more than a dozen other members and colleagues of the Oaths, with the intent of blocking the certification of Joe Biden’s presidential victory.

The indictment portrays Rhodes as a ringleader who warned his members of a “bloody and desperate fight” to prevent Biden from becoming president.

Starting in late December 2020, Rhodes planned to travel to the U.S. capital on January 6, 2021, using private encrypted communications, prosecutors said. They said he and others planned to bring weapons to the area to help support the operation.

“While certain Oathkeeper members and affiliates violated the Capitol grounds and buildings, others remain stationed outside the city as a Quick Response Force (QRF),” the Justice Department said in a statement Thursday. “

“According to the indictment, the QRF team is prepared to rapidly deliver guns and other weapons to Washington, D.C., in support of operations aimed at the use of force to prevent the legitimate transfer of presidential power.”

The indictment also said Rhodes spent thousands of dollars stockpiling equipment and weapons, including AR-15 rifles, night vision goggles and ammunition.

oath Focus on recruiting current and former police, emergency services and military personnel. Far-right groups believe the federal government is violating their rights.