«Oathkeepers»: Capitol, January 6, 2021 The prosecutor's office became interested in lawyers defending the leaders of the «Oath Keepers»
This is a potential conflict of interest
On Wednesday, prosecutors asked the court to investigate ethically whether the actions of lawyers defending the leaders of the far-right anti-government organization Oath Keepers, who are accused of sedition and conspiracy in connection with the attack on the Capitol on January 6, 2021, are wrongful. year.
According to US media reports, all legal costs in this case of the leader of the group, Stuart Rhodes, are paid by the Defending the Republic organization, controlled by lawyer Sidney Powell, which played a key role in Trump's non-recognition of defeat in the election.
The same organization is paying fees to the defendant gang members Kelly Meggs, Connie Meggs, and Kenneth Harrelson.
“The government is filing this motion because it has an interest and duty to ensure that it represents its client, the United States,” said in the prosecutors' message.
“These duties include (the need to) declare a potential conflict of interest when (one) arises.”
According to a source familiar with it, Defending the Republic received a subpoena requesting (submission of) financial records as part of the DOJ investigation.
If these payments are confirmed, then this would amount to a violation of the rules of professional conduct, which strictly govern compensation methods for attorneys in the District of Columbia, prosecutors said.
Under those rules, attorneys, with rare exceptions, may only accept payment from their clients.
Sidney Powell, whose Texas attorney's license today raises many questions, has yet to respond to new allegations.
Stuart Rhodes and the Oath Keepers are due to appear in court this September on charges in mutiny and conspiracy over their alleged role in the attack on the US Capitol on January 6, 2021.
More than 840 people have been accused of participating in the Capitol riots, in which Trump supporters tried to prevent the 2020 election results from being confirmed.