Stewart Rhodes tried to tell Trump that Biden would ‘turn all that power on you’

Stewart Rhodes tried to tell Trump that Biden would ‘turn all that power on you’

  • A government witness recorded a meeting with Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes after January 6th.
  • Jason Alpers said Rhodes typed a note for Trump warning that his children would “die in prison.”
  • Alpers denied acting on behalf of the police during the January 10 meeting.

Just days after the attack on the Capitol on January 6, 2021, Oath Keepers founder Elmer Stewart Rhodes drafted a message to then-President Donald Trump warning of dire consequences if he does not take more drastic measures to overturn the 2020 election and stay in power. .

“If you don’t, then Biden/Kamala will turn all that power on you, your family and all of us. You and your family will be imprisoned and killed,” Rhodes wrote. “You and your children will die in prison.”

The message, in which Rhodes pleaded with Trump to invoke the Sedition Act, was ultimately not delivered. But it emerged as evidence on Wednesday at trial Rhodes and four other members of the far-right Oath Keepers group were charged with sedition in a conspiracy in connection with the January 6 attack.

Prosecutors presented the message while questioning Jason Alpers, the owner of a software development firm, who met with Rhodes on Jan. 10, 2021, in Texas. Alpers testified that he recorded the meeting with a “thumb recorder,” which he bought himself at a computer store.

Under cross-examination, Alpers said he was not working on behalf of a law enforcement agency when he made the video. An Army veteran who said he once worked in “special operations and psychological operations,” Alpers said he only communicated with the FBI after the Jan. 6 attack and his meeting with Rhodes.

In court, prosecutors played audio from Alpers’ tape of Rhodes calling for civil war immediately after the attack on the Capitol.

“There’s a fight coming, I’m not fucking living on my knees, there’s no way. … We’re just the tip of the iceberg. There’s millions of others who feel the same way about this shit we’re doing,” Rhodes said in the taping.

Rhodes added that it was his “just regret” around January 6, there was a shortage of more lethal weapons.

“We were able to fix it right away,” Rhodes said on the tape.

Rhodes and four other members of the Oath – Kelly Meggs, Kenneth Harrelson, Jessica Watkins and Thomas Caldwell – testified in court Wednesday, where jurors are hearing prosecutors allege they planned violent opposition to the peaceful transfer of power. During the trial, prosecutors presented evidence that the Oath Keepers stockpiled weapons at a hotel outside Washington, D.C., for a so-called “rapid response force” that could be called to the nation’s capital.

Alpers testified that he had connections with Trump’s inner circle and that in early 2021 he was able to send a message to the then president “indirectly.” During the meeting with Rhodes, Alpers said he had the Oath Keepers founder type a message intended for Trump on his phone so he could “put my thoughts clearly on a document.”

“Those were obviously his thoughts,” Alpers testified Wednesday.

In that draft message, Rhodes tried to tell Trump he “must do as Lincoln did.”

“Arrested congressmen, state legislators and issued a warrant for SCOTUS Chief Justice Taney. Take command as Washington would…Make history as the savior of the Republic, not the man who surrendered it,” Rhodes wrote, according to to the evidence presented by the prosecutors.

“I’m here for you, as are all my people. We’ll come to your aid if you need us. The military and the police. And your millions of supporters,” added Rhodes.

Alpers said he didn’t pass on Rhodes’ advice to Trump “because I didn’t agree with the message.”

Federal prosecutors are expected to resume their case against Rhodes and four other members of the Oath on Wednesday. At the start of the trial, Rhodes’ attorney told jurors that the Oath founder planned to to testify in his defense.

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