Third week of in the government case in seditious conspiracy trial of Rhodes, Meggs and three other employees climaxed in minute count of Actions of the Oathkeepers on January 6th prosecutors to tell shows how in the group, Russia’s leaders were plotting “rebellion“They gave the green light to the violence in the Capitol in advance and apparently coordinated their actions. with other figures seeking to subvert results of presidential elections in 2020.
Whitney Drew, former FBI counterterrorism special agent with experience in Army intelligence, attested as prosecutors deployed audio, video and computer animation for give jury path actions of the defendants that day.
Prosecutors mined material by Kelly SoRelle described in court as an attorney for the Keepers of the Oath and girlfriend of Rhodes. SoRelle, who was recently accused with hindering vote Count, started a four-minute Facebook live broadcast in the east side of Capitol at 2:12 pm just how the crowd started moving up in steps. The Proud Boys broke in at the same time building on West sideaccording to court records, and some moved east.
“That’s what happens when people angry and when they rise up’ SoRelle said. followers in video played for jury. “It how you take your government back. You take it literally back”.
One minute after the SoRelle video ended, a group of According to Drew, the Oathkeepers, led by Meggs, approached where SoRell was standing. Rhodes was also approaching, after reporting in an encrypted chat to the leadership of the Oathkeepers that they were Trump supporters and not leftist agitators, responsible for Action. He likened the crowd of “pissed off off Patriots” to “Sons of Freedom, American Colonists who blown away out Boston Tea Party.
SoRelle previously insisted back on member of the Oathkeepers who expressed concern about the mob rout down barriers, saying that she had a message from Rhodes: “We are acting like founding fathers, can’t stand down”.
At 2:28 p.m., Rhodes wrote: “Back door of Capitol” and sent it to an encrypted chat group including Tarrio, Trump confidant Roger Stone, Stop the Steal organizer Ali Alexander, and right-wingers. show host Alex Jones, according to prosecutors. Drew didn’t elaborate. on this connection, but prosecutors repeatedly singled out Rhodes’ messages to “Friends of stone chat group which was also interest of A committee of the House of Representatives investigated the case on January 6. By the time Rhodes sent this message, the Proud Boys had already already made them way from the western front of Capitol to the east, both inside and out outside in buildingaccording to court record.
A few minutes later Rhodes sent a message group of Oathkeepers who people were “knocking on doors”, according to the texts shown in court. He then called Meggs and Michael Green, who were charged separately and described in court as head of the Oath Keepers operation on 6 January. Three spoke at the conference call for just over minute.
Content of 14:32 call were not available investigators, but Drew testified that at this point during the conversation, Meggs began leading his oathkeepers group in formation of a single-file “stack” up stairs. The doors were forced open from the inside five minutes later, and first member of Oathkeepers entered with massive crowd.
Inside the building the defendant Jessica Watkins of Ohio told them progress on walkie-talkie style phone app.
“We in mezzanine. We in in main dome right now. We rock it,” she said, while others with her chime in what they took over judging by the messages played in court.
“They stormed the Capitol,” Greene wrote to one of the unknown person at 15:06
drew also showed the jury new January 6 messages featuring Rhodes, SoRelle, and other Oath Keepers in which Rhodes explicitly called for violence to prevent Joe Biden from taking office. Rhodes claimed that plans were only in preparation for possibility of President Trump replacing him group as a legal militia under the Law of Insurrection. But in In a December 10 text message, Rhodes said that if Trump does not act, “we will have to rise up in uprising (rebellion)”.
Green and SoRell pleaded not guilty; Alexander, Jones and Stone not charged with any crimes.
Rhodes defense Attorney James Lee Bright argued that the defendants’ words were merely “rhetoric and bombast”, and that the government’s statements of criminal intention were undermined by indications that the Oath Keepers were loitering around the Capitol grounds, confused and unable to communicate by phone or in human. Some text messages were not received until hours later because of poor cell reception. Rhodes in one dot inaccurately described himself as on south side of Capitol; one Oathkeeper lost track of his car.
“All these people from out of the city had no idea where they were,” Bright said. “Kind of hard to give leadership of your troops when you are not know Where are they.”
Video was playing inside the Capitol in the court showed that group of Oathkeepers on test is not destroy property or stormtroopers, although the jury saw them pushing against OMON guards the Senate hall.
While the Rapid Reaction Forces teams waited outside COLUMBIA REGION with firearms, Bright stressed that it was “never named as Rhodes and found through cross-examination that the Oathkeepers had not been charged with violation of any laws on firearms.
So armed rebellion was unarmed? Bright asked FBI Special Agent Sylvia Hilgeman.
Hilgeman replied: “Armed rebellion did not have over”.