Deeper Seditious Conspiracy dive -it brings me JOY that Rhodes spent the night in jail. His initial appearance -SOON-ish Today in Texas -UPDATED with other cases. 2nd UPDATE Rhodes detained…
Meet ZACHARY JOHNSON and DION RAJEWSKI because yesterday’s Seditious Conspiracy indictment overshadowed the JOHNSON & RAJEWSKI indictment. Are you ready for a much deeper dive?
January 14, 2022 9:22PM (DC local time)Update at the bottom on this article
Meet newly indicted Defendants ZACHARY JOHNSON & DION RAJEWSKI
Unfortunately their indictment has not been uploaded to the USAO-DC Capitol Violence database but you can access the newly unsealed indictment via the DDC-ECF or you can pull down the five page indictment from my Scribd account, as both defendants are now facing an eight count indictment for their repeated assaults on multiple law enforcement officers. Note the enhancement of a “deadly or dangerous weapon “
I mean according to nearly all the current House Republicans “these were tourist” that just so happened to use a sledgehammer and Pepper spray to assault numerous law enforcement officers… You do understand that with yesterday’s landmark indictment the Congressional Republicans have a serious reckoning coming their way. That their tidal wave of disinformation, downplaying and just out right lying will be annihilated by the Tsunami of Justice coming their way. You get that right? And here you thought my February 2021 article and my March 2021 “the Republican Party is now the party of Domestic Terrorist” was unfounded and premature or that my January 6, 2022 article was unfounded- look I have spent the majority of my adult life waiting for others to catch up. Just because someone connects the dots well before others. That doesn’t mean that person is wrong —it merely means others are finally catching up.
See the January 13, 2022 Minute Entry for Virtual proceedings held before Magistrate Judge Julie S. Sneed:
ORAL ORDER granting 3 OIRAL MOTION to Appoint Counsel as to Zachary Johnson (1);
ORAL ORDER granting 4 ORAL MOTION for Release from Custody as to Zachary Johnson (1);
ORAL ORDER granting 5 ORAL MOTION to Appoint Counsel as to Dion Rajewski (2);
ORAL ORDER granting 6 ORAL MOTION for Release from Custody as to Dion Rajewski (2);
INITIAL APPEARANCE in Rule 5(c)(3) proceedings held on 1/13/2022 as to Zachary Johnson, Dion Rajewski from the District of Columbia. ; Detention Hearing as to Zachary Johnson, Dion Rajewski held on 1/13/2022; Bond Hearing as to Zachary Johnson, Dion Rajewski held on 1/13/2022
The complex Seditious Conspiracy Case
Given the long awaited and expected, Indictment —which was unsealed on January 13, 2022 —Eleven individuals were indicted for seditious conspiracy. As noted in yesterday’s (albeit abbreviated) article — the Department of Justice, specificalUS Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia has made clear. Prosecutors made a clear delineation.
The landmark “Seditious Conspiracy” Indictment
Predictably the Trump-ian “both sides” is now the rallying call for Trump and the hundreds of thousands, if not millions of Americans that he radicalized. The “both sides” is a false equivalence used when one party is attempting to defend the indefensible. In the past year the House Republicans, Senate Republicans, Republican National Committee, RAGA (I’m telling you to make a mental note about RAGA -Republican Attorneys General Association) because well here I’d highly recommend you read this exemplary investigative reporting
To be clear, the Seditious Conspiracy criminal case is fairly complex. I will keep repeating this until the Blue-QANON despair-screaming goats STFU; investigating a complex crime, takes time. Uncovering evidence, takes time. Building a complex criminal case, takes time. After the January 13, 2022 DOJ Announcement -my faith and trust of the current US Attorney for Washington DC and our Attorney General, is now rock solid. Without any reservations I TRUST THEM and so should you.
Anyone who’s continuing to besmirch the DOJ, FBI. USAO-DC and our AG should be immediately ignored. Their tweets are absolute garbage because the person(s) tweeting this nonsense are garbage human beings. Sorry. Not Sorry. It’s the uncomfortable truth and facts. Although it’s slightly amusing how they are real time gas lighting their followers. Be smart and stop listening to these screaming goats, they only make you stupider And it’s clear that the DOJ has sequestered some of the Defendants in to three separate and distinct categories.
Seditious Conspiracy Defendants;
Stuart Rhodes -top dog, the architect of the Seditious Conspiracy —like many once the February 2021 indictment (and every superseding indictment thereafter) was unsealed (as it relates to Thomas Caldwell & Jessica Watkins et al) the reference to PERSON ONE was unquestionably E. Stuart Rhodes. On March 10, 2021 I casually mentioned “person one” in the Government’s Opposition to Caldwell’s reconsideration. Again all you had to do was pay attention to the facts presented in numerous affidavits and superseding indictments to know eventually the Government would indict Rhodes.
The following nine defendants had been previously charged -but the January 13, 2022 indictment now adds “seditious conspiracy” and other lesser charges to the following defendants.
Thomas Caldwell, of Berryville, VA, see Feb 2021 article
Joseph Hackett, of Sarasota, FL, in the May 2021- 4th superseding indictment, I noted that one Defendant was still redacted
Kenneth Harrelson, of Titusville, FL, April 2021 case update
Joshua James, of Arab, AL -in March of 2021 James was added as a co-defendant
Kelly Meggs, of Dunnellon, FL also see April 2021 case update because both Mr & Mrs Meggs alleged the FBI “planted evidence and ignored evidence standing in plain sight” ←not even remotely true. Additionally on April 22, 2021 I published this article which drilled down on their Give-Send-Go & the training the Floridian Oath Keepers participated in
Roberto Minuta, of Prosper, TX -in March of 2021 Minuta and ISAAC STEVE STURGEON were formally charged. At the time I took the extra step of showing you the direct through line of the January 2020 Virginia Pro-Gun rally and explained that these two events are in fact linked
David Moerschel, of Punta Gorda, FL the July 2021 article notes that Moerschel was charged via a criminal complaint, as a co-conspirator. Bringing the July 2021 indictment of the eighteenth oath keeper
Brian Ulrich, of Guyton, GA was charged with Moerschel
Jessica Watkins, of Woodstock, OH -to say Watkins and Caldwell were the actual ring leaders, it’s exactly accurate. They were following Stuart Rhodes’ directions
Again back in February of 2021 I literally asked “how many hotel rooms and why did the Oath Keepers rent these rooms” - I now refer you to page 16 of the January 13, 2021 Indictment (see USA v Vallejo MJCase No: 2:22-mj-05032) this isn’t an opinion -these are facts the Government proffered in the indictment - read what I highlighted closely. You can also pull down the Rule 5 filing via this Scribd Link
And then I’d like you to read page 18 - the Government alleges that Rhodes spent $5,000 on long guns and other accessories like scopes…at what point will Congressional Republicans finally understand that for over a year they have continually lied to their Constituents and more broadly the American people. The Oath Keepers trained, planned, coordinated, and then executed their Seditious Conspiracy to over turn the Government. Insofar as why the United States of America (until Trump) was believed to be the greatest democracy and that the “peaceful transfer of power” was a bedrock to our form of Self Governance - again until Trump…
The Obstruction Defendants:
Again it appears that the DOJ has delineated the 19+ defendants into subgroups, meaning only 11 charged with seditious conspiracy but all of the Oath Keepers Defendants were charged with obstructing official Government proceedings, that being the January 6, 2021 Constitutionally mandated certification of the Electoral College Ballots. These Oath Keepers not only trained for Jan6th, but they were organized, providing investigators with a plethora of digital evidence. The Defendants below rented numerous hotel rooms, mainly in the Northern Virginia area and the Government alleges that the Oath Keepers reserved certain hotel rooms to house their quick reaction force (QRF) teams. That were on standby for the Order to come from Rhodes and/or his designee
James Beeks, of Orlando, FL;
Donovan Crowl, of Cable, OH; was originally charged along with Thomas Caldwell and Jessica Watkins in mid February 2021
William Isaacs, of Kissimmee, FL;
Connie Meggs, of Dunnellon, FL; see February 2021 Superseding Indictment
Sandra Parker & Bernie Parker of Morrow, OH -also see February 2021 Superseding Indictment
Laura Steele, of Thomasville, NC. -also see February 2021 Superseding Indictment
Jonathan Walden, of Birmingham, AL
What I did find rather interesting is, in the January 13, 2022 DOJ-OPA there is zero mention of Graydon Young or Jon Shaffer. You might ask “why does that matter” …I’d like to remind you of the following facts
In April 2021 I noted that many overlooked April 6, 2021 USA v Caldwell “yes your honor some of the Defendants have approached about plea offers” -updated and actually stated my surprise the mainstream media didn’t pick up on the prosecutors disclosing “yes your honor some defendants are in active negotiations concerning potential plea of deals” again this occurred in April 2021 and the Status Conference Hearing was available to the public — I just happened to dial in to the hearing & had to rewind the audio to make sure I had heard the Government’s disclosure properly. And then I let my readers know “uhmm this hearing is super important”
On April 16, 2021 the Government made the stunning announcement that Oath Keeper Jon Schaffer had entered into a plea agreement and I may have screamed at the top of my lungs “WITSEC” you say? Because I highlighted paragraph 16 and said “well. well. well” what pray-tell would be the catalyst for the inclusion of WITSEC
On June 23, 2021 the Government announced that Defendant Graydon Young had agreed to a plea agreement (read more here and here) —and not to insult Defendant Young but in terms of the conspirators, Graydon Young was the weakest link in the chain. And when presses by the Government he cracked like an egg hitting the asphalt.
How many Grand Juries?
In the January 13, 2022 Indictments - one undeniable fact is the Grand Jury was originally seated on January 8, 2021. That’s not my opinion- again those are facts. For those unaware a Federal Grand Jury in the District of Columbia generally has an 18 month term. See DDC Grand Jury FAQ -specifically page 2 it’s there in plain black and white. Note each of the January 13, 2022 indictments and the red box, do you see what I’m trying to point out to you?
There’s this false premise that in Washington DC there’s only one Grand Jury seated. I’d like to provide you with actual original documents that annihilates that “false narrative” - for example the Federal Grand Jury in Washington DC. The DDC-Court maintains and periodically updates their Grand Jury Page -if you take the time to actually read the various updates and what is it that I always say about the Footnotes?
In the Grand Jury (case) 21-gj-26 (again this is NOT related to the deadly Jan6th Domestic Terror attack) I’d like to draw your attention to the following footnote included on page 1 of the Attachment -with the foundational pretext, that in DC a grand jury’s term is generally 18 months —look at what was disclosed in that footnote. Special Grand Juries ← plural not singular
…Over the course of two years, three now-expired federal grand juries empaneled by this Court, number: 16-3, 18-1, and 19-1, issued 53 subpoenas duces tecum for documents that are now the subject of the instant pending motion. Id
I’d now like to draw your attention to the following Grand Jury Matters concerning the January 6, 2021 Domestic Terror attack on our Capitol
No: 21-gj-20 -CAPITOL BREACH GRAND JURY INVESTIGATIONS WITHIN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA -this matter is related to the Government’s Request to allow their third party vendor have access to the Grand Jury Materials see DDC-ECF or via my Scribd Account (I’ve previously written about this)
Grand Jury Matter/Investigation No. 21-gj-49: In Re Grand Jury Investigation Defendant Thomas Robertson (see previously published articles concerning this Defendant found here, here and here) - Memorandum and Order, which was posted on the DDC website on, Wednesday, December 8, 2021
The Point? Based on information and belief I’m pretty sure there is more than one Grand Jury seated in the Washington DC District Court. In fact I would not be at all surprised if there’s an actual Grand Jury solely for the January 6, 2021 Domestic Terror Attack. And not that this matters but leaking any Grand Jury materials is a felony -conversely any witness(es) after testifying before a Grand Jury has no obligation of secrecy, meaning after the witness(es) testify they can talk about their testimony. But obviously discretion is paramount
Elmer Stewart Rhodes
So I should probably explain why I’ve used “Stuart” versus “Stewart” it’s not a typo on my end. It’s an intentional poke -based on my own research he hates having his middle name misspelt and like I’ve always said “my meta is super petty”
NOTICE OF HEARING as to Elmer Stewart Rhodes, III Initial Appearance set for 1/14/2022 02:30 PM see EDTX-ECF
At any rate I highly recommend you read pages 21 et seq of Rhodes’ indictment because pages 21 et seq provides us with the most detail factual findings. For Example:
Before the deadly Jan6th Domestic Terror attack, Rhodes et al conducted a reconnaissance mission, looking for places to stash weapons (like ARs, Semi-Automatic pistols, ammunition, tactical gear, scopes, and what certainly appears to be raw materials for IEDs (bombs)..
The Oath Keepers trained and utilized the Military’s “stack formation”furthermore the Oath Keepers used two stacks, one for the Senate Chamber and a second stack for the House Chamber but more specifically hunting for Speaker Pelosi
And critically important pages 21 et seq also disclosed the Oath Keepers plans post Jan6th —meaning this wasn’t a one and done. The Oath Keepers had plans to continue their Seditious Conspiracy and further targeting of numerous State and Local Governments….
The Oath Keepers post Jan6th plan was to use force (and if necessary deadly force) to stop the “peaceful transfer of power” —the Oath Keepers are no patriots, they are a domestic terror group that was intent on over throwing our Government. Period. Full Stop. And lastly maybe instead of land blasting our Attorneys General Merrick Garland, the hundreds of FBI Agents you should zip it or at the minimum watch/read last week’s Attorney General Garland’s speech -because numerous Blue-QANON-sense accounts spent the better part of 2021 not only attacking our Attorney General they went as far as to say he should resign or be fired. And yet now all of a sudden these accounts are gas lighting their followers literally telling them “I’ve never spoken badly about the AG” ←did you really think deleting your 225+ tweets would erase our memories of your unpatriotic bullshit? I don’t need to name these individuals, you already know who they are.
At any rate I’m calling it a day because I can’t accurately describe the pain I’m currently experiencing. I’m not allowed to chew any food for at least ten days. On a hilarious note, last night my other half decided to make a chicken and rice milkshake, which resulted in me going all exorcists (projectile vomiting) —Shortly thereafter and clearly in my liquid pain meds haze I accidentally ordered 100+ cases of Ensure and Boost, liquid meal replacements. Thankfully Amazon sent my husband an alert asking if we really meant to spend over $1,800 on liquid meal replacements. And lastly, here’s you double dose of saltwater therapy. I need to take another dose of pain meds. Apparently not taking the pain meds until after I feel the pain means I’m not following the Doctors Orders
-Be Well - Filey (see you on Sunday or Monday)
PS (I literally used the wrong draft to publish see below)
How RARE is it for DOJ charging Seditious Conspiracy?
To say the Government’s landmark indictment is rare just might be an understatement, below are the various searches that came up in a recent LexisNexis search:
March 29, 2010 - Hutaree Militia- Nine Charged
…between August 2008 and the present, the defendants, David Brian Stone, 45; his wife, Tina Stone, 44; his son, Joshua Matthew Stone, 21, of Clayton, Mich.; and his other son, David Brian Stone, Jr., 19, of Adrian, Mich.; Joshua Clough, 28, of Blissfield, Mich.; Michael Meeks, 40 of Manchester, Mich.; Thomas Piatek, 46, of Whiting, Ind.; Kristopher Sickles, 27, of Sandusky, Ohio; and Jacob Ward, 33, of Huron, Ohio, acting as a Lenawee County, Mich., militia group called the Hutaree, conspired to oppose by force the authority of the U.S. government.
According to the indictment, Hutaree members view local, state, and federal law enforcement as the “brotherhood”, their enemy, and have been preparing to engage them in armed conflict.
1990 Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman
See the July 15, 2010 DOJ-OPA SDNY press release also see the Library of Congress archive of his trial - the 2010 DOJ-OPA SDNY press release reads in part (also note who was the US Attorney Preemptive Bharara @PreetBharara -also see the June 9, 2009 FBI fact sheet concerning Abdel-Rahman
…February 2005, STEWART and co-defendants AHMED ABDEL SATTAR and MOHAMMED YOUSRY were found guilty of all seven counts against them -- including, as to STEWART, providing material support to a conspiracy to kill and kidnap individuals in a foreign country, conspiracy to defraud the United States, and making false statements -- following a nine-month jury trial in Manhattan federal court before U.S. District Judge JOHN G. KOELTL.
1954 Puerto Rican Nationalists - US House of Representatives
on November 24, 2021 I casually mentioned the 1954 Terror Attack that left members of Congress injured, after a group of Puerto Ricans open fire in the House of Representatives chamber
…fifty year prison sentence of Defendant Lolita Lebrón - Several members of Congress were shot or shot at.
Five Congressmen were wounded in the shooting, including Representatives Alvin Bentley of Michigan, Kenneth Roberts of Alabama, George Fallon of Maryland, Ben Jensen of Iowa, and Clifford Davis of Tennessee.
Bentley, the most seriously injured remarked, “I next remember being hit with what felt like a terrific blow on the chest. I didn’t realize it was a bullet. It felt more as if somebody had taken a club and socked me on the chest and knocked the wind out of me.”
1948 - Iva Toguri d’Aquino and “Tokyo Rose” ←persona
As noted by this FBI File/History which reads in part:
…Iva Toguri Aquino…gained notoriety as the mythical Tokyo Rose, was the seventh person to be convicted of treason in U.S. history…
Aquino’s trial began on July 5, 1949, one day after her 33rd birthday. On September 29, 1949, the jury found her guilty on one count in the indictment. The jury ruled that:
“...on a day during October, 1944, the exact date being to the Grand Jurors unknown, said defendant, at Tokyo, Japan, in a broadcasting studio of the Broadcasting Corporation of Japan, did speak into a microphone concerning the loss of ships.”
On January 28, 1956, she was released from the Federal Reformatory for Women at Alderson, West Virginia, where she had served six years and two months of her sentence. She successfully fought government efforts to deport her and returned to Chicago, where she worked in her father’s shop until his death. President Gerald Ford pardoned her on January 19, 1977. She passed away in 2006.
The main reason I included the Twitter handles of the two former US Attorneys is I think their first hand recollections are incredibly important —given this is an areas of law that I’m not that well versed in and if you are on Twitter I would follow their accounts because MacQuade and Bharara are literally the subject matter experts on the Two cases they prosecuted. The Point? Based on several (and recent) LexisNexis searches Defendants charged (and later convicted) of Seditious Conspiracy (See US House-Code) is extraordinarily rare and that’s not my opinion, those are the historical facts. -Filey
January 14, 2022 Update
Indeed Rhodes made his initial appearance in EDTX (before a magistrate judge, EDTX MJ Case No 4:22-mj-00011 - see EDTX-ECF and the docket activities, all commenced on January 14, 2022:
Minute Entry for proceedings held before Magistrate Judge Kimberly C Priest Johnson:
Initial Appearance as to Elmer Stewart Rhodes, III held on 1/14/2022. Defendant appeared with retained counsel, James Lee Bright.
Government moved to detain and requested continuance.
Detention Hearing set for 1/20/2022 10:00 AM in Ctrm 108 (Plano) before Magistrate Judge Kimberly C Priest Johnson.
The subtext here is Rhodes will remain in Jail and his next hearing (Detention Hearing)mbecause the Government made two oral motions;
Motion to detain, the next hearing is scheduled for January 20, 2022.
Motion for Continuance
The Court made an oral order granting the Government two oral motions. I would look out for the Government’s Motion to Detain and then Rhodes’ response. As for what happens post detention hearing, assuming that the EDTX Magistrate Judge agreed to Detain Rhodes pending trial, he will then be extradited from EDTX to DDC. I can’t tell you how much this pleases me because Rhodes is exactly where he needs to be, in a tiny jail cell contemplating his life choices. And how a former member of our Armed Services and Yale Law graduate somehow lost his way and decided to execute his plans to over throw our Government. And yes of course all Defendants are innocent until a Jury of their Peers renders a guilty verdict. But it would not surprise me if Rhodes & the Government enter into a plea agreement. And frankly that should make Roger Stone, Steve Bannon, Rudy Giuliani, Donald Trump, Mark Meadows, Paul Gosar (trust me on Gosar he’s likely in the Government’s crosshairs given his long and unapologetic history with the Arizona Oath Keepers) and anyone else in Trump’s close orbit completely nervous. Yes that’s me contradicting myself regarding a potential plea agreement. Meaning I’m okay with a plea agreement provided Rhodes gives up Trump and/or any of the aforementioned…
I truly need to unplug because I found 3 post-publishing typos -I mean I suppose I could blame it on the liquid pain meds but nah I’m known for typos. Just me “owning” it and not actually giving a flying fig newton — shittlestix was that out loud? <snort>