Stewart Rhodes, founder of the right-wing Oath Keepers militia, spotted on CPAC
DALLAS – Stewart Rhodes, the founder and leader of the right-wing militia group the Oath Keepers, was spotted by a reporter from the Salon Friday night walking the halls of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Dallas, Texas .
Several federal agencies are currently investigating the Oath Keepers for their alleged role in planning and executing the January 6 insurgency – and although Rhodes himself did not enter the United States Capitol that day , several members of his group did, according to press reports. . As of this week, 16 Oath Keepers have been indicted for their involvement in the storming of the Capitol.
In the months following Jan.6, Rhodes voluntarily engaged in questioning by federal agents – against the advice of his lawyers, according to a New York Times. He reportedly told authorities that the only reason members of Oath Keeper entered the Capitol that day was to provide assistance after hearing someone inside had been shot, although the Times notes that a thorough investigation of visual evidence by reporters was unable to verify the allegations.
When asked why he was present at the Tory conference, Rhodes quickly became enraged and shouted, “F ** k off”. An associate, identified as Marcia Strickler on her CPAC pass, also approached this reporter, shouting various obscenities.
CPAC security also approved Rhodes for an official pass, which was photographed by Salon on Friday ahead of the meet.
Still, according to a senior CPAC official who spoke with Salon exclusively on Friday night, conference leaders have been in contact with federal law enforcement authorities to find out whether Rhodes is considered a threat to the nation. safety and well-being of participants.