A committee investigating the January 6 US Capitol uprising issued summons on Monday to five more individuals, including former President Donald Trump aide Roger Stone and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones.
The summons includes seeking documents and testimony from Stone and Jones as well as three people accused of organizing and abetting the two January 6 rallies.
“The select committee is seeking information about the rallies and marches to the Capitol that turned into violent mobs attacking the Capitol and putting our democracy at risk,” said the panel’s Democratic chairman, Mississippi Rep. Benny Thompson. “We need to know who organized, planned, paid for and received funding related to those events, as well as what communications organizers had with White House and congressional officials.”
Stone was indicted in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation in which he lied to Congress about his efforts to gather information about Russia-hacked Democratic emails published by WikiLeaks for the 2016 presidential election. . Trump later forgave him.
The House subpoena states that Stone spoke at rallies the day before the Capitol uprising and used members of a far-right group, the Oath Keepers, as personal security guards while he was in Washington. .
The House panel also wants to hear from Jones, said Thompson, the conspiracy theorist and talk-show host who helped organize a January 6 rally in the Ellipse before the rebellion. Thompson says Jones repeatedly promoted Trump’s claims of election fraud, urging his listeners to come to Washington for the rally and march from the Ellipse to the Capitol.
The other three summons were issued to Dustin Stockton, Jennifer Lawrence and Taylor Budovich for their alleged involvement in campaigning and organizing a series of rallies following the 2020 presidential election, promoting misinformation about election results, Including the Ellipse rally. Violent attack on the Capitol.
The election results were confirmed by state officials and upheld by the courts. Trump’s own Attorney General, William Barr, said the Justice Department had found no evidence of widespread fraud that could reverse the results.
The committee is seeking information from Stockton and his fiancée, Lawrence, whom they say were involved in organizing some of the rallies. The committee alleges that Stockton was so concerned that the Ellipse rally would lead to a “potential danger” that he escalated those concerns to the then White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows.
The panel has already sought documents and testimony from several other Trump advisers – some have cooperated and some have not. Steve Bannon, a longtime ally of Trump, was convicted of two counts of criminal contempt of Congress on November 12 after he overruled a House committee subpoena.
The summons issued on Monday are the latest in a wide net a House panel has cast in an effort to investigate the fateful day when a group of Trump supporters brutally attacked police, motivated by their false claims of a stolen election. did and broke his path. Capitol to obstruct Democrat Joe Biden’s certification of victory.
The committee has already interviewed more than 150 people in government, social media and law enforcement, including some former Trump aides who have been allies. The panel has summoned more than 20 witnesses, and most of them, including several aides who helped plan the huge “Stop the Steel” rally on the morning of January 6, indicated they would cooperate.