Subpoenas could shed light on how Jan. 6 rally came together

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The House committee is investigating the violent January 6 Capitol uprising, with its latest round of subpoenas involved in planning former President Donald Trump’s campaign and White House rally – billed as a grassroots demonstration – Which happened before the riots.

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The 11 summonses sent this week went to those who organized or worked at the rally in Ellipse, where Trump encouraged the crowd to march to the Capitol and told them “You can’t help our country with the weakness you’ve ever seen.” Won’t take back. You have to show strength, and you have to be strong.”

Most of the organizers worked in Trump’s presidential campaign or his administration and could provide new details of how the rally that started the violent attack came together.


The committee’s demands included material related to planning, funding and participation in events in the Ellipse, which were held in protest against the results of the November elections, as well as events that involved bus travel and marches. Was. Washington in November and December. The committee said it also asked for communications with Trump administration officials and lawmakers to show whether government officials were involved in the day’s planning.

One of the people summoned, whose firm was hired that day to provide incident security, told the Associated Press that he planned to cooperate.

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“We have every intention of complying with the House Select Committee,” said Lyndon Brentnall, who runs Florida-based RMS Protective Services. “As far as we’re concerned, we ran security in a legally permitted program in conjunction with the US Secret Service and the Park Police.”

It was unclear whether the others would turn over the documents by October 13 or testify in statements scheduled from late October to early November, as demanded by the committee. The AP sent emails and text messages, called phone listings, or messages to online accounts for each person, but only Brenton provided comment.

Brentnall said that the Secret Service and Park Police had investigated the security staff working with him at the event. They said their names, phone numbers and social security numbers had already been submitted.

“We literally drove security and VIP transportation from the hotel to the event, and then from the event to the hotel. That’s exactly what we did,” he told the AP.

Two people familiar with the event’s plan told the AP that the White House coordinated with the event’s organizers after Trump learned of the rally’s plan in mid-December. He was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Almost everyone listed on the permit for the event was issued to Women for America First, a pro-Trump group rooted in the Tea Party movement. Three people currently or previously involved with the group were summoned: Amy Kramer his daughter, Kylie Jane Kramer and Cindy Chafian.

Chafian obtained a permit from Women for America First on December 12 for a rally at Freedom Plaza that caught Trump’s attention. Trump erupts into cheers from the crowd below as he passes over the rally of Marine One, the presidential helicopter, on the way to an Army-Navy football game in New York.

Within days, several groups that had come together under the umbrella of “Stop the Steel” began to plan their next move, this time tied with the January 6 vote certification in Congress, the founders of Moms for America. According to Kimberly Fletcher, a member of the Coalition. Fletcher told the AP in January that the groups began planning in mid-December. Trump soon caught wind of the plan.

“Big protest in DC on January 6th,” Trump tweeted to his millions of followers on December 19th. “Stay there, it’ll be wild!”

“When the president said, ‘Come to DC,’ it’s… just wow!” Fletcher called the AP back in January. The AP reported at the time that many of the people listed in staff positions on permits for the January 6 rally were on the Trump campaign payroll or had close ties to the White House. Seven of those summoned had worked for the Trump campaign, and at least three had previously worked in the Trump administration.

As Trump’s interest in the January 6 event grew, people closely associated with his presidential campaign joined in, including Carolyn Wren, a national finance adviser to Trump Victory, Trump’s reelection campaign, and a joint fundraising organization run by the RNC. Included. Wren is among those named by the committee.

He and his Texas-based consulting company, Bluebonnet Fundraising, received $892,000 between April 2017 and November 2020 from the Trump presidential campaign, the Republican National Committee, and Trump Victory, according to Federal Election Commission records.

The former president was not on the original rally schedule, but soon after New Year’s Day, it became clear that he would attend in person, recalled those involved in organizing the events on January 5 and 6, including Fletcher.

With Trump sure to be the keynote speaker who will share the stage with him, according to persons familiar with the discussion, heated debate broke out between the organizers of the rally and those close to the White House. He was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Katrina Pearson, a longtime Trump aide and presidential campaign adviser, was bought into coordinating with the White House and preparing a list of speakers who will…

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