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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. prosecutors have accused Stuart Rhodes and 10 members of the far-right “Ot Kart” militia of plotting to sow discord for their part in the January 6, 2021 attack on Capitol Hill. .
Prosecutors say Rhodes urged his team to prepare for a “bloody and bloody war” in the days leading up to the attack, when supporters of then-President Donald Trump tried to prevent Congress from securing an election defeat.
This is the first time he has been accused of plotting to provoke a confrontation with people suspected of being involved in the attack. The law defines treason as an attempt to “overthrow, subjugate, or destroy the American government.”
Through a messaging processor called Signal, prosecutors told Rhodes’ allies, “We’re going to make a war … it’s inevitable.”
The “Truth Guards” are a loose group of activists who believe the federal government is encroaching on their rights and are focused on recruiting current or former police, emergency services and members of the military.
Nine of the eleven accused of plotting to incite treason charges in connection with the attack on Congress are already facing trial. Members of two far-right groups have also been accused of taking part in the attack.
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