Capitol rioter who saw attack on McConnell’s office asked to testify before Congress

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According to court documents, the House Select Committee has asked a Kentucky man to enter the US Capitol to testify as a witness to the events of January 6.

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Thomas Roy Vinson and his wife Lori Vinson told investigators He entered the Capitol peacefully to express his views, but left after a man began beating him with a stick at the door of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office.

one in court filing Ahead of his conviction on misdemeanor charges Friday, defense attorney Christopher Wiest requested probation so that Mr Vinson could travel to Washington DC to comply with requests to testify before Congress.


“Mr. Vinson, through counsel, has been contacted by the House Select Committee on January 6th to testify about the events that occurred on January 6th, 2021,” Mr. Wiest wrote.

“The court’s ban on travel to DC has resulted in his inability to agree to do so, and, continuing his pattern of cooperation, we respectfully request that he be permitted to travel to DC only for that purpose.” be given.”

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Neither Mr Wiest nor a House committee spokesman responded independent Requests for comment by the time of publication.

Mr. and Mrs. Vinson, both from Kentucky, were among the first Capitol rioters to fully cooperate with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Ms Vinson was fired as a nurse after posting pictures of the day on Facebook, but she told the local broadcaster 14 News that she would “do it again tomorrow”.

His eyewitness accounts of the rioters attacking Mr McConnell’s office may be of interest to the January 6 committee, which has focused on summoning some of Donald Trump’s key aides, including Steve Bannon.

A House panel on Tuesday voted to formally approve a criminal contempt report holding Mr Bannon in contempt of Congress for refusing to comply with a subpoena. If found guilty, he could face up to a year in prison.

Chairman Benny Thompson said the charge of contempt is a warning to other witnesses who do not cooperate with the January 6 committee.

“For those watching at home this evening, I want you to think about something. What would happen to you if you did what Mr. Bannon is doing,” Mr. Thompson said.

“If you’re going to follow the path Mr. Bannon has gone down, you’re going to notice that’s what you’ll have to face,” he said.

If Mr Vinson is sentenced to prison on Friday, as several captiol rioters already charged with similar crimes have done, he will be unable to testify to the committee.

according to the justice department criminal complaint, Ms Vinson said she was “let into” the US Capitol on 6 January and was among the first 100 people inside.

“They saw a man with the name of US Senator Mitch McConnell beating him with a crowd control baton three times,” the criminal complaint said.

“After seeing this, they decided to leave. Thomas Vinson said that he also saw a man throwing a water bottle and said that he should not do it.


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