Oathkeeper leader Stewart Rhodes will remain imprisoned, for now
Far-right militia leader Stewart Rhodes will continue to calm down in jail as a federal judge decides whether or not the Oath Keepers founder will be released on bail pending trial on charges of seditious conspiracy for his participation in the dismissal from the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021. Following a hearing Wednesday that lasted nearly two hours, U.S. District Judge Amit P. Mehta said Wednesday he needed more time to reflect on the arguments presented before making a decision. The political situation in the United States “has not changed all that much” since the failed pro-Trump insurgency, prosecutors said, arguing that Rhodes had the resources to attempt another overthrow of a administration he considered “illegitimate”. If former President Donald Trump did not act by clinging to his duties, oath keepers would have ‘no choice’ to ensure Biden was not seated, prosecutors say, who cited messages allegedly sent by Rhodes to other members of the militia. In response, Rhodes’ lawyers argued that he was so recognizable now that he could not flee the country even if he wanted to. They also claimed that Rhodes “doesn’t try to dodge, duck and run, or go anywhere”. Mehta is expected to make a decision by the end of the week.