Following the January 6th insurrection, the FBI had a lot of work to do. The bureau would have to investigate the thousands of Trump supporters involved in the storming of the Capitol. It hasn’t always been easy, and some have complained about the pace of the investigation.
On Thursday, though, the FBI leveled their most serious charges yet. Stewart Rhoads, the leader of the Oath Keepers, and ten other members of the organization were charged with seditious conspiracy. During last night’s show, Stephen Colbert reveled in the news.
The late-night host told his audience, “You lucky people are here on a historic evening because just over a year after the January 6th insurrection, the Feds are dishing out some serious consequences, because today an Oath Keeper leader and ten others were charged with seditious conspiracy related to the Capitol attack.”
The comedian continued, “Come on! That’s real! That’s realer than real! This is huge! Seditious conspiracy is no slap on the wrist — it’s a charge of inciting rebellion against the federal government that carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.”
Colbert closed, “That’s pretty bad. TThat’spretty bad, I’ve got to say, but somehow it feels like it should be more. Like, if you tried to take the government down, you should go away for longer than one Billie Eilish.”
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Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey-based politics and technology writer. His work has been featured in psfk.com, foxsports.com, and PoliticusUSA. An avid pet lover, he has been known to contribute to Pet Lifestyles Magazine. He enjoys sports, politics, technology, and spending time at the shore with his family.