Oath Keepers Founder Says January 6 Committee Is Lying to the Country

The House committee investigating the events of January 6 is lying to the American people and presenting manipulated evidence, according to the founder of one of the groups present that day.

Stewart Rhodes, founder of the pro-Constitution Oath Keepers group, was jailed earlier this year for his connection to the events at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. Now, Rhodes is claiming that the committee in charge of investigating Jan. 6 is deliberately producing a false picture of what happened that day.

“It’s a show trial,” he said in an interview from his jail cell. “It’s a show trial running parallel to the DOJ running show trial on myself and others to do the same thing. To build a fake case, a fake conspiracy with Trump at the head.”

Last week the committee publicly presented footage from British filmmaker Nick Quested, but edited the footage to remove the video he had captured of Ashli Babbitt and Rosanne Boyland. Babbitt and Boyland were both killed by Capitol Hill Police on Jan. 6.

In his interview, Rhodes warned that it wouldn’t be the last time opponents of former President Trump manipulated the facts to fit their agenda.

“And then you have this January 6 committee — a show trial with all the twisted presentation of fake evidence. And all of this is a build-up to indict Trump,” he said. “And when they do that, they’re going to create fabricated evidence and pressure someone to test the lie.”

The House committee investigating the events of Jan. 6 has been widely panned for being a partisan group with a blatant anti-Trump bias. The nine-member committee is composed of seven Democrats and only two Republicans, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) and Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL).

Both Cheney and Kinzinger voted to impeach former President Trump.

A majority of Americans believe the January 6 committee is biased. In a poll taken last August, 58% of respondents said they believed the committee organized by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) was biased. Only 42% believe the committee was being operated fairly.