Tension on the defense team for Oath Keepers leader Stewart Rhodes burst into public view at a court hearing Tuesday as a judge denied Rhodes’ attempt to replace his lawyers three weeks before he’s due to stand trial on charges related to the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta, expressing frustration with Rhodes’ motion, said Rhodes had not raised issues with his defense counsel at previous pretrial conferences. Mehta said Rhodes’ two Texas-based criminal defense attorneys, Phillip Lindor and James Bright, had assisted attorneys for other Oath Keeper defendants in preparing for jury selection and finalizing the courtroom layout for the upcoming trial.