Capitol Assault: Six Oath Keepers Militia Found Guilty
In this file photo from January 6, 2021, supporters of President Donald Trump besiege the US Capitol in Washington.
Six members of the far-right U.S. militia Oath Keepers were found guilty on Monday, according to U.S. media, of various charges in connection with the assault on the Capitol by supporters of Donald Trump. Trump on January 6, 2021.
In this third trial involving the Oath Keepers, seen as crucial in planning the attack, four were found guilty of conspiracy to disrupt the business of Congress, which carries a possible 20 years in prison. Two were convicted of lesser charges.
All six were convicted of entering a building or its grounds without permission or ;being there.
Since the January 6, 2021 attack, more than 950 supporters of former Republican President Donald Trump have been arrested and charged with wreaked havoc in the seat of American democracy.
Of these, only 14 activists from far-right factions – nine members of the Oath Keepers and five Proud Boys – were charged with “sedition”, a leader facing up to 20 years in prison which involves planning the use of force to oppose the government.
A first trial ended in late November with a split verdict: Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes and a local official were convicted of sedition, but their three co-defendants were acquitted és on this count.