Ex-Oath Keeper Dies on Witness Stand; Apologizes Jan. 6

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Stewart Rhodes, founder of Oath Keepers, was a star witness for the government in the conspiracy trial. that he believed the Jan. 6, attack on the Capitol would spark an American revolution potentially led by the far-right extremist group.

Graydon Young, an Oath Keeper in the past, apologized for taking part in the 2021 storming of America’s seat of power.

“I felt like it was a ‘Bastille-type’ moment in history, like in the French Revolution,”Florida resident testified. “I guess I was acting like a traitor, someone acting against my own government,”He said In the trial of Rhodes, and four other defendants in federal court in Washington D.C.

“I’m really sorry for what I did,” said Young, who pleaded guilty in June 2021 to a conspiracy to obstruct Congress during its meeting to certify Biden’s victory in the 2020 presidential election.

“I won’t do anything like that ever again,” Young said. “It’s really embarrassing.”

The Oath Keeper co-defendants are accused of being in military-style gear outside the Capitol and with staging firearms just outside Washington, D.C.

Kelly Meggs and Kenneth Harrelson are also defendants. Jessica Watkins, Thomas Caldwell, and Jessica Watkins are all others. All of them pleaded not guilty.

Young stated that he had a unhealthy diet of YouTube and Facebook content, which left him feeling ill. “ginned up”About the poll results. After Election Day 2020, he claimed that he joined Oath Keepers and believed the untrue statements of outgoing President Donald Trump, among others, that the election was stolen.

Laura Steele (a sister Oath Keeper) is currently on trial for her role in the obstruction conspiracy.

Young said he joined a security detail for a speaker at Trump’s Jan. 6 “Stop the Steal”Before heading to the Capitol, he rallied with other Oath Keepers. He said that he heard that the Capitol had been robbed while he was on his way.

“It was exhilarating. I felt like I was going to be an important or an integral part of what was happening,”He testified.

Young stated that there was no specific order for Rhodes to enter the Capitol or engage in criminal activities. Even though Rhodes never entered the Capitol, prosecutors allege that he conspired with his co-defendants to stop the legal transfer of executive power and to block or impede the certification hearings for the presidential election results.

“There was no specific plan that you were aware of to breach the doors of the Capitol, is that correct?”James Lee Bright is an attorney who represents Rhodes.

Young admitted on the stand he would like to receive a lighter sentence in exchange for his plea bargain with the government.

“I participated in a conspiracy to obstruct Congress. … We were going to disrupt Congress, wherever they were meeting,” Young testified. 

“I felt like it was common-sense. We talked about doing something about fraud in the election when we got there on the 6th,” he said. “And when crowds went over the barricades into the building, the opportunity presented itself to do something.”

 

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