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DOJ Charges 11 with Seditious Conspiracy

The charges mark a dramatic change in the DOJ's Jan. 6 probe

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has charged 11 defendants with seditious conspiracy related to the Capitol attack on Jan. 6, 2021, including the leader of the Oath Keepers, Stewart Rhodes.

The new indictment, handed down by a grand jury on Wednesday and made public Thursday, alleges that Rhodes and his co-conspirators engaged in a conspiracy to "oppose the lawful transfer of presidential power by force, by preventing, hindering or delaying by force execution of laws governing the transfer of power."

The latest court filings revealed that Oath Keeper Thomas Caldwell, who was arrested in January, claimed to take a reconnaissance trip to Washington, D.C., before Jan. 6. The indictment also surfaces previously unknown communications Rhodes is alleged to have sent that prosecutors say encouraged the use of force to oppose the lawful transfer of power.

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