Oath Keepers founder warns Trump: 'You’re going to be found guilty'
The leader of a far-right anti-government group sentenced to 18 years for seditious conspiracy in connection with Jan. 6 warned Donald Trump that the former president is about to get “railroaded” by prosecutors, The Washington Times reports.
Oath Keepers leader Stewart Rhodes told the outlet he believes special counsel Jack Smith will use the same playbook that was used to put him behind bars in an interview at the Central Detention Facility in Washington.
Rhodes believes Smith is working to turn Trump’s inner circle against him to silence potential witnesses who could exonerate the former president.
“They’re going to do the same thing to President Trump that they did to me,” said Rhodes, who is being kept in isolation according to the report.
Trump is facing a 37-count federal indictment on allegations he mishandled classified documents at Mar-a-Lago and a separate 34-count felony indictment in Manhattan over alleged hush money payments to Stormy Daniels.
He is also being investigated separately by Smith over his role in the Jan. 6 insurrection and in Fulton County, Georgia for interfering with the 2020 election in that state.
Rhodes, who founded the Oath Keepers in 2009, is a a Yale Law School graduate and former Army paratrooper.
He along with Oath Keepers Florida Chapter leader Kelly Meggs were convicted in November of seditious conspiracy at the end of a two-month federal trial.
They are among 11 Jan. 6 defendants who so far have been charged with seditious conspiracy, of which eight have been convicted or pleaded guilty. The three others were convicted of less serious felony charges.
“You’re going to get railroaded. You’re going to be found guilty if you try to go to trial. So everyone’s been demoralized and more likely to take a plea deal, and agree to ‘test-a-lie’ against President Trump.”
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