Assault on Capitol Hill, Stewart Rhodes sentenced to 18 years in prison

Stewart Rhodes, the head of the US far-right group Oath Keepers, was sentenced to 18 years in prison for “sedition” as part of the uprising on Capitol Hill on January 6, 2021. The group’s goal was to “keep power to former President Donald Trump by intimidating Congress.” And to do so they intended to block the election of Joe Biden “by any means necessary,” according to the testimony of Jason Dolan, a member of the group that organized the assault. Kelly Meggs, a member of the same far-right Oath Keepers militia, was also sentenced to 12 years for seditious conspiracy following the assault on the Capitol according to CNN reports.

He did not enter the seat of the US Congress

Rhodes did not enter the Congress House during the assault, but stood outside as a “battlefield general, overseeing his troops,” as explained by the judge. The three other defendants in this branch of the case, Jessica Watkins, Kenneth Harrelson and Thomas Caldwell, were acquitted of seditious conspiracy charges.

De Santis’ version

If elected to the White House, the Republican governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis, will consider pardoning Donald Trump, if he has trouble with federal justice, and also those accused of the January 6, 2021 assault on Capitol Hill , in Washington. The day after announcing his candidacy, the governor held a series of interviews with conservative commentators. “From day one, I will have people who will come together and evaluate all these cases, those of people who are victims of political objectives, and we will be aggressive in issuing pardons,” he said, answering a specific question precisely about the possibility of pardoning for the events of 6 January. “We will evaluate the situations and then we will use the possibility of grace.”