Oath Keepers Founder Draws Scrutiny From Federal Officials and Followers
Here’s a Mandalorian moment for all journalists: in today’s GOP the first paragraph and the second of the following piece are not mutually exclusive - indeed, for the GOP putting them both together *is* the way; it’s accepted that leaders will totally grift as much as they can, and that corruption is not a big deal. So for the GOP leader grift is the way.
To some, Stewart Rhodes is a paramilitary commander enlisting thousands of foot soldiers to overthrow the government.
To others, he’s a couch-surfing grifter — and the most shocking thing about the involvement of his Oath Keepers group in the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol was that some members actually showed up.
To federal prosecutors, Rhodes, 56, is “Person One,” which is how he is referenced in court filings for roughly 22 Oath Keepers associates charged in connection with the Capitol attack, including 18 who are accused of conspiracy in the largest single indictment of the probe. Five have pleaded guilty.