As leaders of the Oath Keepers, a far-right Trump-loyalist militia, await trial on federal sedition charges for their role in the January 6th coup attempt, their legal team has crafted a defense that will definitely anger Donald Trump: the Oath Keepers seriously believed Trump was going to invoke the Insurrection Act, thus giving them legal protections as Trump’s personal federal militia.
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“When nine accused leaders of the Oath Keepers go on trial this fall to face seditious conspiracy charges for their role in the January 6, 2021, Capitol riot, jurors in the government’s first big, showcase trial will hear a defense argument that will sound outlandish to many.
Jurors will be told that the far-right extremists believed President Donald Trump would invoke the Insurrection Act as they gathered at the Capitol — 100 strong in their camo-colored tactical gear — and turn them into his own, ultra-loyal federal militia.
Their fantasy mission? To “Stop the Steal,” “Defend the President,” and “Defeat the Deep State,” according to since-deleted rhetoric from their website. A defiant Trump would officially be their commander in chief.
“Do NOT concede, and do NOT wait until January 20, 2021,” Inauguration Day. “Strike now,” the Oath Keepers leader and founder, Elmer Stewart Rhodes, urged in an open letter to Trump on December 14, 2020.”
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