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But members of the group were seen donning paramilitary gear and using a military formation to pass through crowds and enter the Capitol.“The seditious conspiracy indictment alleges that, following the Nov. 3, 2020, presidential election, Rhodes conspired with his co-defendants and others to oppose by force the execution of the laws governing the transfer of presidential power by Jan. 20, 2021,” Justice Department wrote in a release.“Beginning in late December 2020, via encrypted and private communications applications, Rhodes and various co-conspirators coordinated and planned to travel to Washington, D.C., on or around Jan. 6, 2021, the date of the certification of the electoral college vote, the indictment alleges. The document claims that Rhodes was in contact with the 18 Oath Keepers who stormed the building “before, during, and shortly after the attack on the Capitol.” All but one of Rhodes’ co-defendants named in the indictment had already been facing conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding charges.It also points to repeated comments suggesting Oath Keepers “should, or were prepared to, engage in violence to ensure their preferred election outcome,” including calling on his members to serve as “poll watchers” on Election Day and “stock up on ammo” in preparation for a “full on war in the streets.”Moseley said he’s unsure how the case will impact Rhode’s coming deposition with the committee.“He's going to have to try to decide does he want to say anything with criminal charges pending,” he said.Also charged for the first time Thursday was Edward Vallejo, a 63-year-old Arizona resident who prosecutors say stayed at a hotel in Ballston, Va. with the quick reaction force during the Capitol breach, awaiting an order to bring weapons into D.C.DOJ noted that between prior indictments of the group’s members, the Justice Department has now charged all 19 people referenced by the committee.This story was updated at 7:01 p.m.View the discussion thread.The Hill 1625 K Street, NW Suite 900 Washington DC 20006 | 202-628-8500 tel | 202-628-8503 faxThe contents of this site are © 1998 - 2022 Nexstar Media Inc.

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