Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes, 56, has tested positive for the coronavirus in jail, his lawyers said Monday, delaying his trial on a seditious conspiracy charge stemming from the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol.
What to know about the Oath Keepers sedition trial
- Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes was found guilty of seditious conspiracy in the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol.
- He is accused of guiding a months-long effort to unleash politically motivated violence to prevent the swearing-in of President Biden.
- Where do things stand now? Some Oath Keepers have been convicted and others still face trial.
Mehta said jail quarantine protocols do not permit Rhodes to participate in his trial by video conference or to be transported to court for at least a week. But if Rhodes agreed Tuesday morning, his lawyers said he could waive his in-person presence and allow testimony to continue over two or three days by government witnesses his defense did not expect to need to cross-examine.
“The upshot is, stay tuned,” Mehta said.
The Oath Keepers trial
The latest: In a second sedition trial, four members of the far-right Oath Keepers group were convicted of seditious conspiracy. Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes was found guilty of seditious conspiracy in the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol attack.
How did we get here: Stewart Rhodes and other members of his group were charged with seditious conspiracy in the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol.
Who is involved: A 13-count indictment charges Stewart Rhodes and eight others with conspiring to use force to oppose the lawful transfer of power to President Biden. Here are the nine Oath Keepers on trial.