What we’ve learned from the Jan. 6 Oath Keepers trial so far

Prosecutors have rested their case after more than a month of testimony in the seditious conspiracy trial of Stewart Rhodes

This artist sketch depicts the trial of Oath Keepers leader Stewart Rhodes (center with eye patch) and four others charged with seditious conspiracy in the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol. (Dana Verkouteren/AP)

The seditious conspiracy trial of Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes and four associates charged in the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol reached a turning point as U.S. prosecutors finished presenting their case Thursday in federal court.

For more than a month, prosecutors have presented nearly 30 witnesses, played hours of video and reviewed scores of messages as they try to convince a jury in Washington that the group on trial sought to stop the peaceful transfer of presidential power and “shatter a bedrock of American democracy.” Rhodes himself took the witness stand Friday, but only briefly, as the defense portion of the case began.

Rhodes is the highest-profile defendant charged so far in the Jan. 6 investigation and is accused of steering a months-long effort to keep President Donald Trump in office by force. He is among 14 defendants hit with the historically rare charge of seditious conspiracy in one of the largest investigations in U.S. history, and the trial has been watched closely for what it might reveal about the quest to subvert the 2020 presidential election results by anyone in Trump’s inner circle.

Rhodes is on trial with Thomas Caldwell, Kenneth Harrelson, Kelly Meggs and Jessica Watkins. All are accused of conspiring to engage in sedition, obstruct Congress’s affirmation of President Biden’s victory and impede lawmakers from performing their official duties on Jan. 6. Meggs, Harrelson and Watkins, who went into the Capitol, are also accused of damaging property, and all but Watkins are charged with destroying evidence.

Here are some highlights of testimony and evidence the government has presented:

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.

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