Ex-Oath Keeper: Group leader claimed Secret Service contact


              Attorney for Oath Keepers leader Stewart Rhodes, James Lee Bright, arrives at the Federal Courthouse during the Rhodes trial in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022. The founder of the Oath Keepers extremist group and four associates planned an "armed rebellion" to keep President Donald Trump in power, a federal prosecutor contended Monday, as the most serious case yet went to trial in the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol. ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
            
              Attorney for Oath Keepers leader Stewart Rhodes, James Lee Bright, arrives at the Federal Courthouse during the Rhodes trial in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022. The founder of the Oath Keepers extremist group and four associates planned an "armed rebellion" to keep President Donald Trump in power, a federal prosecutor contended Monday, as the most serious case yet went to trial in the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol. ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
            
              Thomas Caldwell of Berryville, Va., a defendant charged with seditious conspiracy in one of the most serious cases to emerge from the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol, arrives at the Federal Courthouse in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022. The founder of the Oath Keepers extremist group, Stewart Rhodes, and four associates planned an "armed rebellion" to keep President Donald Trump in power, a federal prosecutor contended Monday, as the most serious case yet went to trial in the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol. ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
            
              Attorney for Oath Keepers leader Stewart Rhodes, Phillip Linder, arrives at the Federal Courthouse during the Rhodes trial in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022. The founder of the Oath Keepers extremist group and four associates planned an "armed rebellion" to keep President Donald Trump in power, a federal prosecutor contended Monday, as the most serious case yet went to trial in the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol. ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
            
              Edward Tarpley, the attorney of Oath Keepers leader Stewart Rhodes, arrives at the Federal Courthouse during the Rhodes trial in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 6 2022. The founder of the Oath Keepers extremist group and four associates planned an "armed rebellion" to keep President Donald Trump in power, a federal prosecutor contended Monday, as the most serious case yet went to trial in the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol. ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
            
              Edward Tarpley, the attorney of Oath Keepers leader Stewart Rhodes, arrives at the Federal Courthouse during the Rhodes trial in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 6 2022. The founder of the Oath Keepers extremist group and four associates planned an "armed rebellion" to keep President Donald Trump in power, a federal prosecutor contended Monday, as the most serious case yet went to trial in the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol. ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
            
              Attorneys for Oath Keepers leader Stewart Rhodes, Phillip Linder, left and James Lee Bright, arrive at the Federal Courthouse during the Rhodes trial in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022. The founder of the Oath Keepers extremist group and four associates planned an "armed rebellion" to keep President Donald Trump in power, a federal prosecutor contended Monday, as the most serious case yet went to trial in the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol. ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
            
              Thomas Caldwell of Berryville, Va., a defendant charged with seditious conspiracy in one of the most serious cases to emerge from the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol, arrives at the Federal Courthouse in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022. The founder of the Oath Keepers extremist group, Stewart Rhodes, and four associates planned an "armed rebellion" to keep President Donald Trump in power, a federal prosecutor contended Monday, as the most serious case yet went to trial in the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol. ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
            
              This artist sketch depicts the trial of Oath Keepers leader Stewart Rhodes and four others charged with seditious conspiracy in the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol attack, in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022. Shown above are, witness John Zimmerman, who was part of the Oath Keepers’ North Carolina Chapter, seated in the witness stand, defendant Thomas Caldwell, of Berryville, Va., seated front row left, Oath Keepers leader Stewart Rhodes, seated second left with an eye patch, defendant Jessica Watkins, of Woodstock, Ohio, seated third from right, Kelly Meggs, of Dunnellon, Fla., seated second from right, and defendant Kenneth Harrelson, of Titusville, Fla., seated at right. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathryn Rakoczy is shown in blue standing at right before U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta. (Dana Verkouteren via AP)
            
              Thomas Caldwell of Berryville, Va., a defendant charged with seditious conspiracy in one of the most serious cases to emerge from the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol, arrives at the Federal Courthouse in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022. The founder of the Oath Keepers extremist group, Stewart Rhodes, and four associates planned an "armed rebellion" to keep President Donald Trump in power, a federal prosecutor contended Monday, as the most serious case yet went to trial in the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol. ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
            
              This artist sketch depicts the trial of Oath Keepers leader Stewart Rhodes and four others charged with seditious conspiracy in the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol attack, in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022. Shown above are, witness John Zimmerman, who was part of the Oath Keepers’ North Carolina Chapter, seated in the witness stand, defendant Thomas Caldwell, of Berryville, Va., seated front row left, Oath Keepers leader Stewart Rhodes, seated second left with an eye patch, defendant Jessica Watkins, of Woodstock, Ohio, seated third from right, Kelly Meggs, of Dunnellon, Fla., seated second from right, and defendant Kenneth Harrelson, of Titusville, Fla., seated at right. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathryn Rakoczy is shown in blue standing at right before U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta. (Dana Verkouteren via AP)
Ex-Oath Keeper: Group leader claimed Secret Service contact