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AZ Man Who Helped Oath Keepers On Jan 6th Pleads Not Guilty to Seditious Conspiracy

AZ Man Who Helped Oath Keepers On Jan 6th Pleads Not Guilty to Seditious Conspiracy

An Arizona man accused of readying a so-called “quick reaction force” for the Oath Keepers has pleaded not guilty to seditious conspiracy and other charges on Friday.

Edward Vallejo was one of the key figures in the plot by members of the citizens’ militia group to breach the Capitol on January 6th to stop Congress from certifying the results of the 2020 presidential election. Vallejo, who was allegedly armed and ready to cross the Potomac by boat to storm the Capitol on January 6th, is now charged with seditious conspiracy, conspiring to obstruct an official proceeding, obstruction of an official proceeding, and conspiring to prevent an officer from discharging duties. The seditious conspiracy charge carries a potential sentence of 20 years in prison.

Vallejo wasn’t part of the two “stacks” of Oath Keeper members that prosecutors say forced their way into the Capitol building that day. But according to the indictment, he was “standing by” at the Comfort Inn Ballston in Virginia, ready to join the violence at any moment. Oath Keepers founder and leader Stewart Rhodes allegedly envisioned a “worst-case scenario” for those militia members where Donald Trump “calls us up as part of the militia to assist him inside DC,” prosecutors wrote in a legal brief last May.

According to the indictment, on the morning of January 6th, “VALLEJO and others were on standby at the Comfort Inn Ballston, monitoring communications from the co-conspirators on the ground inside Washington, D.C., and awaiting a call to bring the weapons to the co-conspirators. On a podcast that morning, VALLEJO and an Arizona QRF team member discussed the possibility of ‘armed conflict’ and ‘guerilla war’ and explained that ‘there are people who are prepared, have the will, have the facilities to do more than taunt.’”

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Vallejo, like Rhodes, remains in custody while awaiting sentencing. Read the indictment against Stewart, Vallejo, and the other Oath Keepers, at Law and Crime.

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