Sanders County Sheriff Tom Rummel confirmed he previously held a membership with the Oath Keepers organization following a report from the Anti-Defamation League that identified hundreds of law enforcement officials who might have an affiliation with the group.
“I have not been a member for many years and have not been involved with the organization,” Rummel said in an email to the Missoulian on Thursday.
Rummel confirmed he was an Oath Keeper member when the group first started. The sheriff didn’t provide an exact year when he left the group, and didn’t return a request for comment on why or when he left the group.
Rummel is not seeking re-election this year. He was first elected in 2010.
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According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, Oath Keepers hold anti-government beliefs and laud themselves as defenders of the Constitution. The organization was founded in 2009.
Right now, Oath Keeper founder Stewart Rhodes faces charges of seditious conspiracy involving the Jan. 6 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol. He has pleaded not guilty.
Published on Tuesday, the ADL report found that there were almost 500 members of