The committee is seeking information from two “Stop the Steel” organizers and a group linked to the incident that preceded the mob violence.
WASHINGTON – The special committee probing the January 6 attack on the Capitol issued three more summonses on Thursday, turning its attention to the organizers of the “Stop the Steel” rally that led to mob violence.
Want to testify by summons Ali Abdul Akbar, also known as Ali Sikandar, And Nathan Martin, who was involved in organizing Trump supporter “Stop the Steal” rallies before the riots spread the falsehood that the 2020 election had been widespread fraud. The committee also issued a summons for stop theft llc., an organization affiliated with the event.
“The rally at the Capitol grounds on January 6, like the rally near the White House that day, happened just before the violent attack on the seat of our democracy,” said Representative Benny Thompson, a Mississippi Democrat and chairman of the committee. in a statement. “During that day, the demonstrations turned into violence and the protesters became rioters.”
In the weeks before the attack, Mr. Alexander made repeated references during the “Stop the Steel” events to the possible use of violence to achieve the organization’s goals, and he referred to the incidents at the White House and members of Congress. claimed to communicate with The committee said there are plans to dilute the certification of the 2020 Electoral College results.
Alexander, a far-right activist and conspiracy theorist, has claimed that he, along with Mo Brooks of Alabama, Paul Goser of Arizona and Andy Biggs of Arizona, all Republicans, set in motion the events of January 6.
“The four of us plan to put maximum pressure on Congress while we vote,” Mr. Alexander said in a deleted video posted online, “so that we can change the hearts and minds of Republicans who can’t rally. Were in that body, who were hearing our loud roar from outside.
Additionally, Mr. Alexander spoke at a rally organized by the Eighty Percent Coalition at Freedom Plaza in Washington on January 5 and led the crowd chanting “Victory, or Death”, the committee said.
The committee has now issued 18 subpoenas and it is clear that legislators are focusing on funding, planning and organizing the rally, which has led to rioters storming the Capitol, where Congress seeks to formalize the election of President Biden. was meeting. They chanted “Hang Mike Pence”, threatened to shoot Speaker Nancy Pelosi and forced lawmakers to vacate the building. Around 140 police officers were injured and many people died in connection with the riots.
In view of the conflicting information received by the investigators, the committee said that it is trying to get to the bottom of the January 6 event.
An organization called One Nation Under God submitted a permit application to the US Capitol Police in December for a rally about “election fraud in the swing states” on 6 January, with Mr. Martin’s phone number and email address among contact information. was listed. But when a Capitol police officer spoke to Martin in late December, Martin claimed no knowledge of the rally and directed the officer to speak to a vendor, the committee said. According to the police officer, the seller was “shocked” to learn this because he was in “daily communication” with Mr Martin about the incident, the committee said.
Following the January 6 attack, Mr Alexander issued a statement acknowledging that Stop the Steel had “obtained a rally permit for our ‘One Nation Under God’ program,” the committee said. He said it was intended to prevent theft, directing rally attendees to march to Lot 8 on the US Capitol Ground, which is the location for which Capitol Police granted permission for a “One Nation Under God” rally. was given. Permit applications estimated there would be only 50 attendees at the event, not the hundreds who marched on the Capitol.
The summons requires Mr. Alexander and Mr. Martin to present documents by October 21 and testify at the statement next week.
“The selection committee needs to understand all the details about the events that happened prior to the attack, including who was involved in planning and funding them,” Mr Thompson said. “We expect these witnesses to fully cooperate with our investigation.”
The summons came when former President Donald J. Time was running out for some of Trump’s closest aides to comply with the committee’s demands.
Mark Meadows, former Chief of Staff of the White House; Dan Scavino Jr., deputy chief of staff; Stephen K. Bannon, a former adviser to Mr. Trump; And Kash Patel, the former Pentagon chief of staff, had until the end of Thursday to obey a subpoena to hand over documents to the committee about Mr Trump’s actions before and during the riots.
Mr Thompson has threatened “criminal referral” for witnesses who do not comply with the summons.
The committee is demanding that Mr. Meadows and Mr. Patel present for questioning the following Thursday, and that Mr. Bannon and Mr. Scavino the next day.
The committee’s latest action came after the Senate Judiciary Committee issued long interim report Trump’s efforts to pressure the Justice Department to do his bidding in the chaotic final weeks of his presidency. Mr Thompson said he planned to incorporate the Senate’s findings into the House investigation.
“This report has provided alarming detail about the length of time the former president and his allies tried to reverse the 2020 election,” Mr Thompson said.
The committee has also sent records protection demands to 35 technology companies, according to several people familiar with the documents, who spoke on condition of anonymity. Nearly a dozen House Republicans are among hundreds whose records the committee is seeking to preserve, including California Representative Kevin McCarthy, a minority leader, who threatened to retaliate against any company that complied. Is.