WASHINGTON – Jan 6 The House committee probing the US Capitol uprising issued more subpoenas on Tuesday, this time in an effort to uncover conspiracy and executions by extremist organizations including the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers, as well as their leaders. Shots fired.
“The selection committee is seeking information from individuals and organizations that are allegedly involved in planning the attack, with the violent mob that stormed the Capitol on January 6, or with attempts to reverse the results of the election,” Mississippi Representative Benny Thompson, chair of the Democratic panel, said in a statement.
The House panels are the latest in an elaborate trap cast by the House panel in an effort to investigate the riots, when supporters of former US President Donald Trump, motivated by his false claims of stolen elections, brutally attacked police and broke their way. Gave. 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 those who helped plan the “stop the theft” rally on the morning of January 6, have indicated they will cooperate.
Summons were issued to the Oath Keepers, the Proud Boys, and members of the First Amendment Praetorian, including Henry “Enrique” Tario, for documents and testimony.
Proud Boys president Tario was not charged in the riots because he was not there on January 6. He was arrested on an unrelated vandalism case as he arrived in Washington two days earlier and was ordered out. area by a judge. Law enforcement later said that Tario was raised in part to help prevent potential violence.
But despite his not being physically present, the committee believes he may be involved in preparing the Proud Boys for events at the Capitol.
More than 30 Proud Boys leaders, members or associates are among those charged in connection with the attack. Along with allies such as longtime Trump supporter Roger Stone, a group of self-described “Western chauvinists” emerged from the far-right during the Trump administration to join mainstream GOP circles. The group claims to have over 30,000 members nationwide.
The committee also summoned the Oath Keepers on Tuesday — a militia group founded in 2009 that recruits current and former military, police and first responders — and its founder and leader, Elmer Stewart Rhodes. The panel says that Rhodes may have suggested that members engage in violence to ensure their preferred election results, and that he was in contact with more than a dozen plaintiff oath-keeping members before, during and after the Capitol attack. was in, including meeting some of them. outside the Capitol.
Rhodes has said that 40,000 sworn defenders were at their peak, but an extremism expert estimates the group’s membership is around 3,000 nationally.
The last organization on the committee’s list on Tuesday was the First Amendment Praetorian, founded by a QAnon believer, which claims to provide free protection for “patriotic and religious events across the country.”
Its president, Robert Patrick Lewis, is wanted by the committee after being listed as speaker on the permit for a January 5 rally at Freedom Plaza in Downtown Washington. On the day of the attack, Lewis tweeted: “Today is the day the true battle begins.”