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Trump at center of Oath Keepers novel defense in Jan. 6 case

Stewart Rhodes Oath Keepers
Posted at 3:41 PM, Oct 01, 2022
and last updated 2022-10-01 15:41:33-04

WASHINGTON (AP) — The defense team in the Capitol riot trial of the Oath Keepers leader is relying on an unusual strategy with Donald Trump at the center.

Lawyers for Stewart Rhodes are poised to argue that jurors cannot find him guilty of seditious conspiracy because all the actions he took before the riot were in preparation for orders he anticipated from the then-president.

But those orders that never came.

Rhodes and four associates are accused of plotting for weeks to stop the transfer of presidential power, culminating with Oath Keepers in battle gear storming the Capitol alongside hundreds of other Trump supporters on Jan. 6, 2021.

Opening statements in the trial are set to begin Monday.