C-SPAN anchor Greta Brawner fact-checked far-right Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) during a viewer call-in segment Friday.
On the “Washington Journal” program, one caller told Biggs how angry he was about former President Donald Trump’s wish “to pardon the traitors ... convicted of seditious conspiracy” over the deadly U.S. Capitol riot that took place on Jan. 6, 2021.
“Come on. What the hell’s wrong with you Republicans?” the caller asked.
Biggs, a Trump loyalist who helped organize the “Stop the Steal” rally that took place immediately before the riot, falsely claimed that nobody had been convicted of that charge in relation to the attack.
“Not all were convicted of seditious treason. In fact, none were. And so that’s important to understand,” he said. “The second thing I would say is many of them were convicted of misdemeanor trespass. And I think that’s important to understand as well.”
After taking a second call, Brawner circled back to Biggs’ first answer and told him, “Congressman, USA Today had this headline back in November of 2022 that Stewart Rhodes, the Oath Keepers’ founder, was found guilty of seditious conspiracy.”
“Oh, OK,” Biggs replied. “Yeah, well, I didn’t follow that case.”
Rhodes and Kelly Meggs, who ran the far-right group’s Florida chapter, were found guilty last year of seditious conspiracy, a charge that carries a sentence of up to 20 years behind bars.
More than 1,000 people have now been charged in relation to the riot at the Capitol.