Four Oath Keepers found guilty of Jan. 6 seditious conspiracy

Four members of the far-right Oath Keepers group were convicted of seditious conspiracy Monday, joining founder Stewart Rhodes in being found guilty by a jury of plotting to

keep President Donald Trump in power by force. Seditious conspiracy charges are rarely used and even more rarely successful. At Rhodes’s trial only he and Florida Oath

Keepers leader Kelly Meggs were found guilty of the crime, while three associates were convicted of less politically-loaded charges. Joseph Hackett, 52, ; Roberto Minuta,

38; David Moerschel, 45 and Edward Vallejo, 64, were described by federal prosecutors as armed and dangerous traitors, and by their attorneys as hapless has-beens who stumbled

into chaos. “They claimed to wrap themselves in the Constitution, but they trampled it,” prosecutor Jeffrey Nestler said in closing arguments. “They ignored the will of

the people,” he said, but “had the audacity to claim to be oath-keepers.” Of the nearly 1,000 people charged with committing crimes at the Capitol on Jan. 6, only 14 were

charged with seditious conspiracy, identified by the Justice Department as not just participants in a violent mob but leaders using brutality to further a political plot. The Oath

Keepers verdict comes as five members of the Proud Boys face trial down the hall on seditious conspiracy charges.