Oathkeeper Joshua James pleads guilty to seditious conspiracy

Joshua James also pleaded guilty to obstructing due process and agreed to cooperate with the Justice Department’s investigation into a group of oath keepers who planned to halt certification of the 2020 Electoral College vote.

He faces up to nine years in prison and up to $300,000 in fines, according to the agreement read aloud during Wednesday’s hearing.

The development is a major step forward for the prosecutors who brought the ambitious case, with some of the most serious charges in the January 6 investigation. Other Capitol Riot defendants with ties to the Oathkeepers who have not faced sedition charges have already agreed to cooperate.

James, a Purple Heart recipient in the military, was originally arrested in March last year for his alleged involvement in the riot.

Prosecutors have previously alleged that James was with other oath keepers on Jan. 6 who rushed to the Capitol on golf carts. He was charged with illegally entering the Capitol from the east side of the building, joining other members of the group after leaving the building.

An FBI agent also told the court that James drove Roger Stone, a longtime friend of former President Donald Trump, in a golf cart to Washington the day before Jan. 6. Stone has not been charged with any crime.

In the subsequent indictment charging James and other oath keepers with seditious conspiracy, prosecutors alleged that members of the group organized to disrupt Congress’ certification of the 2020 election and “oppose by force to the legal transfer of presidential power”, by hiding weapons and ammunition in a Virginia Hotel as part of a rapid reaction force and continuing to plan an attack after January 6.

The indictment also alleges that following the riot, as other oath keepers plotted to take future action, James messaged an associate: “After that… if nothing happens…it’s war…Civil War 2.0.”

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