Stewart Rhodes is a resident of Granbury, Texas, United States. He is a disbarred lawyer and the founder of the Oath Keepers, which was launched in Lexington, Massachusetts, USA.
Rhodes and his wife Tasha Adams met in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. They have five children including Dakota Adams, Sequoia Adams and Sedona Adams.
Stewart has been using a prosthetic eyeball since dropping a .22 hand gun and accidentally shooting himself, which destroyed his eyeball. Here are 13 more things about him:
He was born Elmer Stewart Rhodes III in Fresno, California, USA. His father was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran while his mother worked on a farm. After attending high school in Las Vegas, he joined the U.S. Army but after seven months, he was honorably discharged due to a spinal injury sustained during airborne school.
In 1994, he married Tasha. During their marriage, she worked as an exotic dancer to financially support his education.
In 1998, he graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in Paradise, Nevada with a bachelor’s degree in political science. He then worked as a staffer for Ron Paul, who was a Texas congressman from January 3, 1997 to January 3, 2012.
From 2001 to 2004, he attended Yale Law School in New Haven, Connecticut, USA. He then moved to Arizona, USA and clerked for Arizona Supreme Court associate justice Michael D. Ryan.
In March 2009, he founded the Oath Keepers.
On December 8, 2015, the Montana Supreme Court disbarred him for conduct violating the Montana Rules of Professional Conduct in Montana, USA after refusing to respond to two bar grievances filed against him in the federal district court of Arizona.
In 2018, Adams filed for divorce and accused him of emotional and physical abuse.
Following the U.S. presidential election on November 3, 2020, he, Kelly Meggs and others began plotting to oppose by force the lawful transfer of presidential power.
Beginning in late December 2020, he, Meggs, Kenneth Harrelson, Jessica Watkins,Thomas Caldwell and others coordinated via encrypted and private communications applications and planned to travel to Washington, D.C., USA on or around January 6, 2021.
On December 12, 2020, he spoke at a pro-Donald Trump rally in Washington, D.C. He called on Trump to invoke the Insurrection Act of 1807 and warned that not doing so would lead to a “much more bloody war.”
On January 6, 2021, he entered the restricted area of the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C. and directed other Oath Keepers members to meet him at the U.S. Capitol. That day, Trump’ssupporters breached the building while a joint session of Congress was certifying the vote of the Electoral College and affirming Joe Biden‘s victory in the 2020 presidential election.
On January 13, 2022, he was arrested in Texas.
He was 57 years old when a jury found him guilty on November 29, 2022 of obstruction of an official proceeding and tampering with documents and proceedings.
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