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Today's guilty verdicts for Stewart Rhodes and other #OathKeepers who played a key role in the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol sends an indisputable message that extremism does not pay and that you cannot undermine American democracy.
The fact that the jury found Rhodes guilty of seditious conspiracy -- a difficult charge to prove -- shows the tremendous weight of evidence against him. This is a *crushing* blow to the Oath Keepers, one of the largest and most dangerous armed militias in the US.
The Oath Keepers, who claim to uphold an "oath" to the Constitution, attempted to trample on that very document on January 6th in a brazen attack on the U.S. Capitol to overturn the results of the 2020 election.
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NEW: #OathKeepers leader Stewart Rhodes found guilty of seditious conspiracy.

Kelly Meggs, too.

Also convicted of obstructing an official proceeding, as were OathKeepers:

Kenneth Harrelson
Jessica Watkins
Thomas Caldwell

Report: reuters.com/legal/us-jury-…
Remember this #Jan6 video by @rstevensbrody?

I do.

It sent a chill down my spine.

It motivated so many to get involved in painstaking crowdsourced efforts to identify the #OathKeepers down to the last detail of their movements during the siege.
For *weeks* after #Jan6 much of what public knew about #OathKeepers during #Jan6 was the fruit of volunteer sleuthing...

The work of a handful of visual investigations teams like the @nytimes...

And and some tenacious local & nat'l reporters.
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Good morning from inside the federal courthouse in Washington, DC where Oath Keeper ringleader Elmer Rhodes and co-defendants Kenneth Harrelson, Jessica Watkins, Thomas Caldwell, and Kelly Meggs face trial for allegedly trying to stop the transfer of power by force on Jan. 6.
There are no cameras or cell phones permitted inside of the courtroom and no teleconference line available, so I will report from inside of the media room where a closed feed is available. Updates will post in this thread here and on our @dailykos blog. dailykos.com/stories/2022/1…
Now: #OathKeepers defendant Kelly Meggs tried this morning to get out of a jury trial and asked for a bench trial instead. Judge Mehta has now DENIED that request.
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From the Oath Keepers' pretrial conference. Judge Amit Mehta shoots down Stewart Rhodes' claim that he hasn't had access to discovery. "That is flat-out a false statement. #OathKeepers #January6thInsurrection
Judge Mehta also rejects Rhodes' request for a special master to oversee discovery.

"The idea that you would want to inject a special master a week before the trial is mystifying. You told me last week that you were here in good faith. I'm beginning to question that."
Judge Mehta also says he's not going to delay the trial until the January 6th Committee wraps up its work, calling it a "non-starter."
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.@Liz_Cheney reveals at end of #Jan6thHearings #Trump called a #Jan6thCommittee witness we have not yet seen. The witness did not take the call but told their lawyer. The lawyer told the Committee. The Committee referred it to #DOJ. #USAG, is this enuf for #WitnessTampering yet? Image
Other shattering testimony:
- The 12/18 meeting #TFG held in #OvalOffice with #SidneyPowell, #MikeFlynn, #Giuliani, & aides was “unhinged”-loud screaming, name-calling, almost coming to fisticuffs.
- They were there to discuss draft order to seize voting machines in key states.
- It was revealed at 12/18 meeting that #Trump had named #SidneyPowell as special counsel to prosecute cases related to the voting machines. Supposedly gave her a “security clearance.”
#Jan6thHearings #January6thCommitteeHearings
newsweek.com/eric-herschman…
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I believe this excerpt is from 2017. Jack Posobiec was intensively mentored by Roger Stone. #OathKeepers #RogerStone 1/
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3/ Excerpt from my Roger Stone series re: Posobiec, Stone, and the 2016 RNC
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“WE COULDN’T BELIEVE there were enough people to walk alongside them. One morning we woke up from an uneasy sleep and there was no more laughter…It mustn’t happen again. We can’t let it. We simply can’t let it happen again.”
Twilight Zone 1963 #NeverAgain
“California [will] make our own insulin at a cheaper price, close to at cost, and to make it available to all…
Because in California, we know people should not go into debt to receive life-saving medication.”
@GavinNewsom @CAgovernor #Insulin4all #Insulin
“Freedom is under attack in [Florida]… In California [we] still believe in #freedom. Freedom of speech. Freedom to choose. Freedom from hate. And the freedom to love. Don’t let them take your freedom.”
Newsom DeSantis ad #IndependenceDay2022

@GavinNewsom:
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Pat Cipollone: The rioters have gotten to the Capitol, Mark.

Mark Meadows: [Trump] doesn't want to do anything, Pat.

Pat: Mark, something needs to be done or people are going to die and the blood is going to be on your f—ing hands.

#January6thHearings:
Liz Cheney: The night before #January6th, President* Trump instructed Mark Meadows to contact both Roger Stone and Michael Flynn regarding what would play out the next day.

#CassidyHutchinson: That’s correct. That is my understanding.

#January6thHearings
Cheney: Did Rudy Giuliani [seek a] pardon related to January 6?
Cassidy Hutchinson: He did.
LC: Did Mark Meadows ever indicate that he was interested in receiving a Presidential pardon related to #January6th?
CH: Mr Meadows did seek that pardon. Yes ma’am.
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Jan 2
Giuliani mtg w/ Meadows evening
Cassidy Hutchinson walked Giuliani out & he said to her,
“Are you excited for the 6th? it’s going to be a great day…
“Talk to the Chief he knows…
“We’re going to the Capitol”

#January6thHearings
#January6thCommitteeHearings
Hutchinson went back to the office and asked her boss Mark Meadows what Rudy meant.

He looked up from his phone and said,

“Things might get real real bad on the 6th”

#SeditiousConspiracy
"I recall hearing the word 'oathkeeper' & the words 'proud boys' closer to the planning of the January 6th rally when Rudy Giuliani would be around." - Cassidy Hutchinson

#January6thHearings
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“That could be their vehicle to impose a NATIONWIDE BAN on abortion—on the order of the U.S. Supreme Court… They will now wield [power] however they want…to change the country however they want without restriction, and you must do what they say.”@maddow

“What makes people think that this radical conservative Supreme Court…would allow Congressional law protecting #RoeVWade? I’ll tell you the answer: THEY WON’T…as long as we let these 6 conservative theocrats control our country…”
@ElieNYC @TiffanyDCross
“[Ben Wattenberg 1987 book says] ‘60% of fetuses that are aborted every year are white. If we could keep that 60% alive, that would solve our birth dearth.’ Does that sound like racism to you? And if it doesn’t, I want to know why it doesn’t.”
Jane Elliott
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“Dr. Eastman and President* Trump launched a campaign to overturn a democratic election, an action unprecedented in American history. Their campaign was…a coup in search of a legal theory.”
Judge David Carter 3/28/22

#TrumpCoupAttempt #January6thHearings:
“I've lost my name [and] sense of security—all because a group of people…scapegoat[ed] me and my daughter Shaye, to push their lies about how the Presidential election was stolen.”
Ruby Freeman, former Georgia election worker
#LadyRuby #January6thHearings:
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“President* Trump…followed the course recommended by an apparently inebriated Rudy Giuliani—to just claim he won and insist the vote counting stop. To falsely claim that everything was fraudulent… Millions of Americans believed him.”

#January6thHearings:
“The Trump campaign knew these claims of voter fraud were false; yet, they continued to barrage small dollar donors, encouraging them to donate to ‘The Official Election Defense Fund.’ @January6thCmte discovered NO SUCH FUND EXISTED.”

#January6thHearings:
“I said to him: ‘Are you out of your f—ing mind?’ I said, ‘I only want to hear two words coming out of your mouth from now on: ORDERLY TRANSITION.’”
White House lawyer Eric Herschmann to John Eastman 1/7/21

@AccountableGOP 🐼 #January6thCommitteeHearings:
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The "no guns on #January6th" line keeps cropping up.

It's flat wrong.
There were plenty of guns on #January6th

"I'm the one in the video with the gun right here"

-John Emanuel Banuelos speaking to the police.

Story: @ryanjreilly
nbcnews.com/politics/polit… Image
And who can forget Lonnie Coffman, who brought a small arsenal to DC?

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“I made it clear I did not agree with the idea of saying the election was stolen…which I told [Donald Trump] was bullshit… The incumbent [cannot] stay in power based on its view unsupported by specific evidence there was fraud in the election.” Bill Barr
#January6thCommittee: “Did that affect your perspective about the election when Attorney General Barr made that statement?”

Ivanka Trump: “It affected my perspective. I respect Attorney General Barr, so I accepted what he was saying.”

#January6thHearings:
“Any legal jargon you hear about seditious conspiracy, obstruction of an official proceeding, and conspiracy to defraud the United States — all boils down to this: January 6th was the culmination of an attempted coup.”
Bennie Thompson

#January6thHearings:
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It was easier for a 13-year-old boy to buy a rifle from a private seller at a gun show than to buy beer, cigarettes, porn, and lottery tickets. (🎥:#RealSports 2014)

Gun show loopholes still exist.

Senate Republicans won’t even vote to DEBATE safety laws.
“We are at a point [where] we are going to have to mobilize a greater movement… Until the redemptive power of the love for all of our children is greater than the destructive power of the love of our guns and money, [nothing] is gonna change.”@CoryBooker

“Women and mothers have political power… We need to use our voices and our votes [to] demand change, and if our lawmakers don’t act, hold them accountable— [the] unglamorous heavy lifting of grassroots activism.”
@shannonrwatts @SymoneDSanders @MomsDemand
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1/ Breaching The Mainstream - A National Survey of Far Right Membership in State Legislators irehr.org/reports/breach… 875 state legislators in the 2021-2022 term, in all 50 states, have joined at least one of 789 far-right FB groups - 11.85% of all state legislators in the U.S.⚠️
2/ The far-right themes documented in this report include: election denial, COVID denial, anti-vaccine “health freedom,” Islamophobia, antisemitic conspiracies, attacks on Black Lives Matter, Critical Race Theory, anti-abortion, “groomer” anti-LGBTQIA bigotry, white nationalism. Image
3/ Of 875 legislators found in the far-right FB groups, 199 were ALEC members - 22.74%. #KochNetwork

Of the 10 active legislators who were members of the #OathKeepers, 6 are members of other far-right FB groups Image
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“Justice Roberts has said that the Supreme Court can self regulate. That’s simply not true. We’ve got one sitting Justice whose wife has been shown to have been planning the insurrection at the Capitol on January 6.”
@MondaireJones @RepMondaire @KatiePhang
“Justice Clarence Thomas [at AEI 5/13/22] bemoaned the leak of the SCOTUS opinion that will likely overturn Roe v Wade, [claiming] that when you lose trust in an institution, it changes that institution fundamentally.”
@KatiePhang @katiephangshow #RoeVWade
“Out of 75+ scholar citations, only 4 are women. Out of 90+ judge/justice citations, 5 are women. ‘Justice’ Samuel Alito cites HIMSELF 6 times. And this [SCOTUS opinion] would effectively govern the bodies of millions.”
@MotherJones tiktok.com/@motherjonesma…
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“We now have the evidence to support a story of the worst presidential political crime against the union in American history.” Jamie Raskin

@RepRaskin @January6thCmte @jamie_raskin #January6th
Laurence Tribe describes what “is being bandied about as the technique that they hope to use if they get Gorsuch and Kavanaugh and Alito and Thomas on board… to take the next election regardless of who wins.”

@tribelaw @JoyAnnReid @thereidout #TheReidOut
“In America, you have the right to seek the truth and speak the truth, even if it makes people in power uncomfortable… If Russian journalists [had such freedom] would they use it in the same way? Ask yourself that question every day.”
@Trevornoah #WHCD

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So some interesting things have surfaced in the last few weeks that I want to share. Be patient with me, I’m slow & get interrupted a lot. But, I think it’s worth it to share this information before the mid-term elections.

😃 Please don’t forget to vote in November…💙
This article from 04/06/2022 has been weighing on my mind…it’s regarding the #RockbridgeNetwork, defined as a coalition.

What is a “political coalition” in the US?
Not much. It’s basically a verbal, non-regulated agreement to finance an agreed upon political agenda.
While #RockbridgeNetwork is being considered a “new GOP coalition”, it isn’t, think #CambridgeAnalytica. Plus, it is not the only “new GOP coalition” popping up before mid-term elections. #ChestnutStreetCouncil has been started by Matt Schlapp, think #KochNetwork
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Where are all the 2nd Amndt Hero's that want to fight for freedom - when an actual attack is imminent against a fellow Democracy? Why are they not jamming planes for the Ukraine to volunteer? Are they actually big talking cowards? #ProudBoys #OathKeepers @FoxNews @OANN @newsmax
The Fascists in Spain battled the Republic in the Spanish Civil War, Many brave Americans went to join the fight. Where are this generations #HEMINGWAY - All the big talking gun nuts bunkered down with food and multiple guns - none want to go FIGHT FOR DEMOCRACY. #GQP cowards
So my #MondayMorning thought is this: IF you talk a big game about Democracy - but then do not STEP up and volunteer to protect it - you are a FAKE. #GQPTraitorsToDemocracy Are there any real men of Warrior age ready to answer freedoms bell? @TuckerCarlson Ha! @JesseBWatters?
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“President* Trump is wrong. I had no right to overturn the election… Frankly there is almost no idea more un-American than the notion that any one person could choose the American president.”

@Mike_Pence (on Feb 4, 2022) #LegitimatePoliticalDiscourse?
“If I run and if I win we will treat those people from January 6 fairly. And if it requires pardons, we will give them pardons because they are being treated so unfairly.”
Donald Trump dangling pardons for insurrectionists, 1/29/22

“Lincoln said those who embrace sedition and turn backs on the Constitution threaten to ‘destroy the only democracy in existence and prove for all time — to both future Americans and the world — that a government of the people could not survive.’”@tribelaw
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Listen to and read these segments of #OathKeepers interviews.

Justice Department cited some as incriminating.
We found, analyzed, and present several more.

Shows militia members' expectations on morning of #January6th, disappointment in Trump following.
justsecurity.org/79889/exclusiv…
2. Oath Keepers were prepared for insurrection on morning of Jan. 6.

Were poised to act in concert with Trump to try keep him in power.

Oath Keepers' leader Stewart Rhodes was disappointed Trump did not carry out full powers (eg invoke Insurrection Act)
soundcloud.com/user-307956773…
3. #OathKeeper on morning of #January6th:

"We have a little bit of inside information with ... the powers that be, but this is a tinderbox. It just is a question of what is the precipitating event.”

Audioclip:

soundcloud.com/user-307956773…
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"many of the Oath Keepers present at the Capitol were military veterans. The U.S. government is unintentionally training its own insurrectionists"
~Clint Watts @selectedwisdom

#Jan6th
washingtonpost.com/outlook/2022/0…
"the Oath Keepers prepared to carry out terrorism — violence in pursuit of political change — unlike anything the United States has witnessed in recent history."

#Jan6th
#OathKeepers
#DomesticTerrorism
washingtonpost.com/outlook/2022/0…
"Unlike in the case of international terrorism, where the US State Dept designates foreign terrorist organizations so that the Justice Department can then preemptively pursue investigations based on affiliations, no such designation process exists for domestic terror groups"
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