No cameras or recording equipment were allowed in Plano’s courtroom on Friday, but accordingly For a reporter in Texas who attended the hearing, government prosecutors sought to detain Rhodes pending trial. His arrest hearing will take place on January 20 and without bail or bail issued on Friday, Rhodes is in prison where he will remain until his next trial.
As for Rhodes’s Oath Keeper group, Edward Vallejo, he appeared remotely at his premiere before a judge in Arizona. Vallejo faces many of the same charges as Rhodes, including conspiracy to sedition.
Prosecutors say the 63-year-old Phoenix, Arizona resident worked closely with Rhodes in the lead-up to the attack and was instrumental in supporting the extremist group as it moved through Washington before and on Jan. 6.
Their plan to halt certification of the election results was revealed for several weeks and Vallejo’s role was crucial, according to the indictment, as he helped secure hotel rooms where firearms, ammunition and other weapons could be stored in support of the attack.
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According to prosecutors, Vallejo specifically coordinated the transportation of weapons from January 1 to January 5, finally setting himself up at the Comfort Inn Ballston in Arlington, Virginia, just 15 minutes from the US Capitol.
He allegedly monitored the situation on the ground in Washington from the hotel on January 6 and was on standby, awaiting a “call to fetch weapons” as needed. Notably, on the morning of the attack, a podcast recorded the possibility of “armed conflict” or “guerrilla warfare”.
Court records show a text message from Vallejo after the siege stating that he had “returned to the hotel and prepared.”
“2 trucks available. Let me know how I can help,” he allegedly wrote.
Vallejo, Rhodes, and his fellow conspirators also met in Virginia after the attack to celebrate dinner.
On Friday, Rhodes spoke little in court, typical of a routine first appearance. However, he told Judge Deborah Fine, through his attorney general, that he wished to file an admission of innocence.
Judge Deborah Fine Vallejo reminded that his presentation Friday was not to indict him — which will take place in the coming weeks in Washington, D.C., where the charges were originally filed — but acknowledged the decision.
Like Rhodes, a Vallejo hearing is scheduled for January 20 in Phoenix.
Vallejo’s LinkedIn page lists him as a ROTC graduate. As The Daily Beast first noted, he also appears to have experience as a US Army wireless phone operator. According to his profile on the website of the nonprofit veteran group Homefront Battle Buddies, he serves as the organization’s vice president and interim secretary.
In what appeared to be a post by Vallejo on the Homefront Battle Buddies Twitter account prior to his arrest, he wrote: “I [sic] About to enter the FBI’s Phoenix field office for questioning in connection with the January 6 case. wish me luck. Follow-up report.