The rule of law and the peaceful transfer of power were at stake in the Oath Keepers trial, CNN national security analyst Juliette Kayyem noted on Tuesday — and the guilty verdicts sent a message.
“It’s a very big day for the United States, for the rule of law, for the peaceful transfer of power and for making sure that’s protected because that’s essentially what was judged,” he said. she declared.
Kayyem added: “But the overall accusation against, in particular, Stewart Rhodes, is monumental because it tells the world that it was, one word, one conspiracy, more than one. It’s not a bunch of guys. on vacation and deciding to get a little disruptive. It was planned before, during, and possibly after to disrupt the peaceful transfer of power.
Kayyem also highlighted how the verdicts could impact other cases in the future, sending a message to groups and individuals who participated in the attack on the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021, which could lead some to take pleas.
“We have to figure out exactly what each count relates to in terms of a guilty verdict. So it’s not just a statement to these defendants, it’s a statement to potential future defendants. That’s how that these cases, that’s how violent organizations die. , which is a good thing. They’re disrupted at the top. They backfire, that’s what we saw in this case. They don’t have any trust between them, and they know they have now been exposed.
Kayyem said the result is that others facing similar charges will get nervous. “And they will take more pleas or they will take pleas that are offered by the Department of Justice.”