Capitol riot committee subpoenas leaders of Oath Keepers and Proud Boys

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The House Select Committee investigating the January 6 uprising has summoned the leaders of the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers, Stewart Rhodes and Enrique Tario. Both organizations are pro-Trump extremist groups that played a key role in the worst attack on the Capitol since 1814.

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The subpoena also solicits documents and testimony from the groups, as well as the First Amendment Praetorian group and its leader Robert Patrick Lewis.

In a statement, selection committee chairman Benny Thompson said the committee is now seeking information from “individuals and organizations that are allegedly involved in planning the attack, along with the violent mob that stormed the Capitol on January 6. Or with attempts to reverse the results of the election.”


“We believe the individuals and organizations we summoned today have relevant information about how the violence took place at the Capitol and the preparation for this violent attack,” Thompson said. “The Select Committee is moving rapidly to uncover the facts of what happened that day, and we expect that every witness will abide by the law and cooperate so that we can get an answer to the American people.”

Mr. Rhodes, a Yale-educated attorney and former congressional employee, was referred to as “Person One” in the indictment alleging a conspiracy to attack the Capitol organized by members of his group, some of whom are known to be members of Trumpworld. was painted to provide protection for the figures. Major roles in former President Donald Trump’s push to reverse the results of last year’s presidential election.

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“The indictment states that you were in direct contact with many of these members before, during, and immediately after the attack on the Capitol. Moments after the attack, you gathered with sworn members about 100 feet from the Capitol. who had just tore down the building,” Mr. Thompson wrote in a letter with summons to Mr. Rhodes. “In written and spoken remarks made before January 6, 2021, you have repeatedly suggested That those taking the oath should engage in, or be prepared for, violence to ensure their preferred election results”.

In a similar letter to Mr Tario, Mr Thompson said the committee is “investigating the facts, circumstances and causes of the January 6 attack and issues relating to the peaceful transfer of power, in order to identify the lessons learned.” and to evaluate and make recommendations. The House and its respective committees on corrective law, politics, procedures, rules, or regulations, “including an examination of how various individuals and institutions have carried out their activities with the events of January 6, 2021” How to coordinate the influencing factors together. incited such an attack on a US representative democracy engaged in a constitutional process”.

Mr Thompson said: “Investigations and public accounts have revealed credible evidence of your involvement in the incidents under the Select Committee’s investigation and the involvement of the Proud Boys.”

Mr Tario, who is currently serving a six-month sentence for stealing and sabotaging the “Black Lives Matter” flag of a Washington, DC church, was not available for comment.

Mr Lewis and his group are accused of providing security for several figures linked to attempts to keep Mr Trump in office despite losing the election, including “Stop the Steel” organizer Ali Akbar (also known as Ali Alexander). ) and Michael Flynn, the disgraced former Trump national security adviser who allegedly pushed a Defense Department official to confiscate ballots and take other additional action when it became clear that Mr.

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