October 7, 2022

Former Oath Keeper member John Zimmerman testified on Thursday that he believed the leader of the extremist group Stewart Rhodes had contact with a supportive Secret Service agent.

According to NBC News's Ryan J. Reilly, Zimmerman explained that he heard the other end of a phone call and said that he was under the impression that Rhodes was in contact with a Secret Service agent.

CNN reports: "To prepare for the rally, Zimmerman testified, Rhodes said he was in contact with a member of the Secret Service who advised the leader on what weapons were allowed near the rally. Zimmerman said he did not hear the entire conversation, but that Rhodes repeatedly represented he was in touch with an agent."

The agency has come under fire recently and could use a thorough cleaning out of any Trump-friendly members.

This is getting ridiculous. Raise your hand if you have not been in contact with a member of the far-right Oath Keepers. Put your hand down, Andrew. Geez.

Zimmerman testified that the group gathered firearms to prepare for the possibility of then-President Donald Trump invoking the Insurrection Act — a move that the Oath Keepers saw as giving the group the right to step in and forcibly prevent the peaceful transfer of power.

Via Yahoo News:

In a separate case against an Oath Keeper, prosecutors said Rhodes attempted on the night of January 6 to speak with Trump directly and urge him to call on groups to block the certification of President Joe Biden's electoral victory. Rhodes placed the call over speakerphone and "repeatedly implored the individual to tell President Trump to call upon groups like the Oath Keepers to forcibly oppose the transfer of power," prosecutors said in a May court filing.

And this happened:

Zimmerman was called to testify in the trial of Rhodes and four others charged with seditious conspiracy concerning the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection.

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