The seditious conspiracy trial of Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes and four associates charged in the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol reached a turning point as U.S. prosecutors finished presenting their case Thursday in federal court.
For more than a month, prosecutors have presented nearly 30 witnesses, played hours of video and reviewed scores of messages as they try to convince a jury in Washington, D.C., that the group on trial sought to stop the peaceful transfer of presidential power and “shatter a bedrock of American democracy.”
Rhodes is on trial with Thomas Caldwell, Kenneth Harrelson, Kelly Meggs and Jessica Watkins. All are accused of conspiring to engage in sedition, obstruct Congress’s affirmation of Biden’s victory and impede lawmakers from performing their official duties on Jan. 6. Meggs, Harrelson and Watkins, who went into the Capitol, are also accused of damaging property, and all but Watkins are charged with destroying evidence.
Here are some highlights of testimony and evidence the government has presented: