Stewart Rhodes, the founder and perhaps most prominently visible member of the Oath Keepers extremist militia group, was arrested and charged with seditious conspiracy last month, along with ten of his confederates. Now it seems he may be spilling his guts to investigators.
It’s certainly possible that Rhodes spent his entire session on a video call with the January 6th Committee denying everything, saying “no comment,” and pleading the Fifth Amendment. However, it would have been a lot of denials and dodges to take up the six hours that CBS Congressional correspondent Scott McFarlane reports that Rhodes’ lawyer says the defendant spent on the call.
Per attorney, Stewart Rhodes has just completed a SIX HOUR meeting with US House Select Jan 6 Committee.. (Meeting virtually from the federal prison facility in Oklahoma)
(Yesterday, attorney had said Rhodes would likely have little to say & would exercise 5th Amend. rights)
— Scott MacFarlane (@MacFarlaneNews) February 2, 2022
Still, CBS reports that Rhodes’ attorney said he’d have little to say, since anything he shared could interfere with his criminal trial.
His estranged wife, Tasha Adams, has said that Rhodes is a pro at exercising plausible deniability, which she says he even did in covering for abuse of her and their children, according to Law&Crime.
She says he knows Donald Trump lost the election, but that he’s a manipulator who knows how to use people’s own wishes to get them to do what he wants.
“I believe it’s part of his legal strategy to try to claim that he was just trying to uphold the true President of the United States. I don’t think that’s gonna fly with the Washington, D.C. jury. I think they know better than that. But yeah, and the whole thing is just a con really.”
Most recently, Trump has been publicly dangling pardons for the January 6th defendants, though he’s never been so explicit as to suggest he’s buying their silence. However, if it’s true that Rhodes knows the ‘Big Lie’ is a big lie, then he’s probably also aware that Trump doesn’t have any guarantee of another presidential win, and may not even make it to another run — and he could be ready to advocate for himself, rather than the ousted former president.
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