In the wake of the 6 January revolt, a House select committee has widened its probe into the organization and financing of the rally that preceded it.
One night before the Capitol was assaulted, the Oath Keepers provided security for Roger Stone at a protest in Washington, DC.
New subpoenas issued Monday by the House select committee investigating the Capitol attack include those issued to five Trump associates, including Roger Stone and Alex Jones, as the investigation into Trump’s “Save America” rally continues.
Conservatives believe they can defeat the attack committee in Congress.
Inquiries into the Ellipse rally’s organizing and financing have been widened by subpoenas for papers and testimony from anyone who appears to have had contact with the Trump White House.
Stone and Jones, Trump spokesman Taylor Budowich, and pro-Trump activists Dustin Stockton and Jennifer Lawrence were subpoenaed by House investigators.
To find out who organized, planned, paid, and received monies linked to those events, as well as any conversations organizers, had with White House and Congress officials,” Bennie Thompson, chairman of the select committee, said in a statement.
On January 6, Thompson was summoned to explain why he had been invited to lead a march to the Capitol from the Ellipse gathering, but he never showed up or even came close to the Capitol.
It is possible that House members are looking into Stone’s link to the Oath Keepers, the paramilitary organization that he utilized as his private security detail before several members stormed the Capitol to halt the certification of Joe Biden’s election triumph.
While Stone was at the Willard Hotel in Washington DC on January 5, Trump aides discussed how to manipulate the results of the 2020 presidential election before a joint session of Congress until the early hours.
It is possible that Thompson was aware of the Capitol attack in advance because he did not lead the march from a demonstration from the Ellipse, despite being urged to do so, in the subpoena letter for InfoWars host Alex Jones.
Trump spokeswoman Budowich was also summoned to testify before the select committee, according to a letter of subpoena obtained by the New York Times.
In addition to diverting nearly $200,000 to rally organizers from anonymous contributors “that was not reported to the organization to pay for the advertising campaign,” Thompson said, citing evidence on file with the select committee.
Budowich’s participation in financing the event could indicate that the select committee is aware of intimate relationships between organizers and the Trump campaign, as well as a greater level of cooperation than previously thought.
House Select Committee on Intelligence member Zoe Lofgren hinted to new intelligence on Saturday, saying they have spoken to more than 200 people about the Capitol incident.
Stockton and Lawrence, pro-Trump activists with ties to the former president’s strategist Steve Bannon, were also subpoenaed by the select committee. According to their demand letters, they allegedly helped plan the protest.
Donald Trump’s attorney said in court on Monday that the 2022 and 2024 elections may be jeopardized if House investigators were unable to obtain White House papers stored by the National Archives if Trump were to restrict them from being accessed by the House of Representatives.
The select committee argued in court documents filed with the DC circuit of the US court of appeals that if they didn’t discover everything they could about Trump’s efforts to reverse the 2020 election results, the integrity of future elections would be jeopardized.
As House lawyer Douglas Letter argued on behalf of the panel, “it is important that the select committee analyze and draught legislation to ensure that January 6 does not repeat itself and that our nation’s democracy is protected from future threats.”
Trump filed a lawsuit last month to prevent the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee from accessing hundreds of pages of White House papers from the National Archives, including memos by Mark Meadows and Pat Philbin, citing executive privilege claims.
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