In a tense, head-to-head alternate with Oath Keepers chief Stewart Rhodes, prosecutors used Rhodes’ personal phrases from texts, speeches and interviews to recommend to the jury that the militia chief misled them when he testified he was unaware of different members’ actions on January 6, 2021, and was appalled by the violence that day.
Rhodes is the primary of the 5 defendants charged with seditious conspiracy in federal courtroom in Washington, DC, to testify.
In his two-day testimony, Rhodes informed the jury that he wasn’t concerned within the specifics of planning for January 6, and that he had no data of plans for the so-called fast response pressure that the group arrange in Virginia to rapidly transfer weapons into Washington, as prosecutors have alleged.
Prosecutor Kathryn Rakoczy, nonetheless, confirmed the jury Sign messages during which Rhodes informed different members that “We WILL have a QRF” on January 6 as a result of “this case requires it” and was a part of group messages the place members shared images of routes the QRF may use to enter the town.
“The buck stopped with you on this operation,” Rakoczy mentioned to Rhodes, studying the chief’s messages aloud.
“I’m answerable for every thing everybody else did?” Rhodes responded.
“You’re in cost, proper?” Rakoczy mentioned.
“Not in the event that they do one thing off mission,” he shot again.
“That’s handy,” Rakoczy mentioned, smiling.
The militia chief additionally informed prosecutors that he “hoped to keep away from” battle and was solely involved a couple of civil struggle breaking out after Joe Biden grew to become president – resulting in a chiding query from Rakoczy about how “the civil struggle will likely be on [January] twenty first and never on the sixth?”
“I don’t condone the violence that occurred” on January 6, Rhodes testified. “Anybody who did assault a police officer that day must be prosecuted for it.”
Rakoczy pointed to statements Rhodes made in a secretly recorded dialog within the days after January 6 the place he mentioned he wished the Oath Keepers had introduced rifles to the Capitol that day.
“If he’s not going to do the fitting factor, and he’s simply going to let himself be eliminated illegally, then we must always have introduced rifles,” Rhodes mentioned within the recording prosecutors once more performed for the jury.
“We may have fastened it proper then and there,” Rhodes mentioned of the Capitol assault, in response to the recording. “I’d dangle f**king Pelosi from the lamppost.”
After enjoying the recording, Rakoczy requested Rhodes, “That’s what you mentioned 4 days after the assault on the Capitol, proper?”
“Yeah, after a pair drinks and I used to be pissed off,” Rhodes testified.
Rhodes and the opposite 4 defendants have pleaded not responsible to the seditious conspiracy prices.