Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes says he’ll testify prior to the Jan. 6 House Select Committee – but only when his testimony can be made in public.
On Friday, Rhodes’ lawyer said his customer, who’s currently in federal government custody on seditious conspiracy charges, would offer accounts if he could give it reside in-person, instead of from prison.
“ He’s willing to waive his Fifth Amendment rights, he or she wants to testify in public, and wants to testify live, ” Rhodes’ attorney James Lee Bright stated Friday.
“ We don’t think they’ll go along with that, ” he added.
Bright argued Rhodes does not want to submit the videotaped deposition, “ saying he doesn’t trust the panel to air Rhodes’ remarks in full, ” reports Politico .
Besides, Rhodes has already been deposed by the committee, and invoked his 5th Amendment right against self-incrimination several times.
Rhodes’ offer comes as the committee is set to meet again following Tuesday where they will concentrate on alleged Proud Boy plus Oath Keeper involvement within the events of Jan. six.
According to Politico, Bright doesn’t anticipate the committee will take Rhodes on his offer, since they have got thus far not honored other requests to give live account.
If they did acquiesce to the request, it could cause a shake-up in contrast to anything seen in the previous kangaroo court processions. Bloomberg notes :
The nine-member panel has been able to make its presentations mostly along with scripted narratives, limited asking of mostly cooperative witnesses, and edited video of previous closed-door testimony.
Rhodes is currently awaiting a Sept. twenty six trial and is being held in solitary confinement in a detention center in Ok, from which he last testified to the committee in Feb.