WASHINGTON – The House Select Committee investigating the January 6 attack on the Capitol by a mob of supporters of former President Donald Trump announced five new targets for subpoenas on Monday.
The new batch organized the “Stop the Steel” rallies and movement, and focused on funding, before the attack on 6 January, including the months leading up to the riot.
Those announced include political activist Roger Stone, who was convicted of obstructing an investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and then pardoned by Trump.
According to the committee, Stone, a longtime political adviser to Trump and others, is being summoned in connection with the surrounding activities and events unfolding on the 6th.
“Stone spoke at rallies on January 5, and was set to speak at a January 6 rally in Ellipse, directly before the violent attack on the Capitol,” committee members wrote in a statement. While in D.C., he “used members of the Oath Keeper as personal security guards, at least one of whom has been indicted for involvement in the attack on the Capitol. Mr. Stone remarked that he was ‘ Were planning to lead a march. From the Ellipse Rally to the Capitol.”
Earlier, he “promoted his attendance at rallies and sought support to pay for security through the website stoptheseal.org,” the committee said.
In September, Stone was put on trial related to the Capitol riot while chatting live on a radio show. was sued brought in august by a group of Capitol police officers who also sued Trump, his campaign, and other organizers of the Stop the Steel movement.
Stone was convicted of lying to Congress and obstructing Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. He was among half a dozen Trump aides charged in the Russia investigation. Trump modified Stone’s sentence a few days ago He was prepared to report to prison and was later pardoned.
Another person the committee is summoning is Infowars host and far-right media commentator Alex Jones.
The committee said that Jones “reportedly helped organize the rally in Ellipse on 6 January, shortly before the attack on the Capitol, facilitating a donation he described as ‘eighty percent’ of the funding. “
He noted Jones’ speech at the rally the day before, where Jones told the crowd“We have only started opposing the globalists. We have only started the fight against their oppression. They have tried to steal this election in front of everyone.”
“I don’t know how this is all going to end, but if they want to fight, they better believe they’ve got one,” Jones said according to the video that night.
The committee said that “Jones has stated that he was told by the White House that he was to lead the march to the Capitol”.
He also noted that he has “repeatedly promoted unsupported allegations of election fraud, including encouraging individuals to attend the Ellipse rally on January 6, and information about the former president’s plans in relation to the rally.” “
Jones, who is known for promoting conspiracy theories, will have to pay damages to the families of victims of the Sandy Hook school massacre for their unsupported claims that the shooting after a court last week found them liable for defamation. There was a “huge hoax”.
Others summoned on Monday include:
- Taylor Budovich Trump was a senior adviser to the 2020 campaign. According to the committee, they “reportedly solicited a 501c(4) organization to run a social media and radio advertising campaign that encourages attendance at the January 6 Ellipse rally and unsupported claims about the outcome of the election.” advances it.” He is the current spokesman for Trump.
- Dustin Stockton There was a rally promoter who allegedly assisted in organizing rallies after the 2020 election, including the January 6 rally. The committee said, “Stockton was reportedly concerned that the rally on the Ellipse would lead to a march to the Capitol that would mean a ‘potential threat’, which he ‘felt insecure’, and expressed these concerns to the White House Chief of Staff.” was extended to Mark Meadows.”
- Jennifer Lawrence He was also reportedly involved in organizing rallies after the November 2020 election, including on 6 January before the attack on the Capitol.
“The Select Committee is seeking information about the rallies and marches to the Capitol, which turned into violent mobs attacking the Capitol and threatening our democracy,” committee chair Benny Thompson, D-Miss, said in a statement. Learn who organized, planned, paid for, and received funding related to those events, as well as communications organizers with White House and congressional officials. ,
Lawrence and Stockton were both formerly journalists at Breitbart—the formerly far-right media company led by former Trump adviser Steve Bannon, which was recently held in contempt of Congress for refusing to part ways with a January 6 select committee. was held in.
The committee has now summoned at least 40 individuals and organizations in connection with the January 6 attack.
Contributions: Bart Janssen, Donavan Slack,