A Yale Law graduate who attended the Ivy League university with White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan was arrested Thursday on charges of seditious conspiracy.
The New York Times reports:
Stewart Rhodes, the leader and founder of the far-right Oath Keepers militia, was arrested on Thursday and charged with seditious conspiracy for organizing a wide-ranging plot to storm the Capitol last Jan. 6 and disrupt the certification of Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s electoral victory, federal law enforcement officials said.
The arrest of Mr. Rhodes was a major step forward in the sprawling investigation of the Capitol attack and the case marked the first time that prosecutors had filed charges of sedition. According to his lawyer, Jonathon Moseley, Mr. Rhodes was arrested at shortly before 1 p.m.
Mr. Rhodes, a former Army paratrooper who went on to earn a law degree at Yale, has been under investigation for his role in the riot since at least last spring when, against the advice of his lawyer, he sat down with F.B.I. agents for an interview in Texas. He was at the Capitol on Jan. 6, communicating by cellphone and a chat app with members of his team, many of whom went into the building. But there is no evidence that he entered the Capitol.
Rhodes graduated from Yale Law in 2004. That same year, he won the Judge William E. Miller Prize for his paper titled, "Solving the Puzzle of 'Enemy Combatant' Status." The prize is awarded annually to the best student paper concerning the Bill of Rights. Sullivan graduated in 2003.
Other notable Yale Law graduates include recovering crackhead Hunter Biden and disbarred attorney Bill Clinton.