Prominent figureheads of the MAGA movement like Roger Stone and Alex Jones are among those listed in the latest request for answers about the events of January 6th.
It was earlier this month when Nancy Pelosi’s committee reached out to former Trump adviser Stephen Miller and the administration’s former Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany. Their motion to subpoena various individuals in the Trump White House is their effort to try and piece together a fuller picture of how the Capitol riot happened.
Here’s the list of the latest round of people Democrats are requesting for documents and interviews by the House’s Select Panel investigating the Capitol riot.
- Dustin Stockton: said to have "assisted" in organizing "Women for America First" rally bus tour events following the 2020 election but expressed concerns that the January 6th "rally at the Ellipse" would turn into "possible danger," and that Stockton expressed these concerns to former White House Chief of State Mark Meadows. The words the Panel used to describe Stockton’s worries were "plans by the Stop the Steal movement to organize an unpermitted march that would reach the steps of the [Capitol] as Congress gathered to certify the election results."
- Jennifer Lawrence: see Dustin Stockton’s described situation above. The House Panel lumps Lawrence together with Stockton, as she is his fiancée.
- Taylor Budowich: said to have used a "501(c)(4) organization" to advertise on social media and the radio, to get them to show up at the January 6th rally. Alongside a charge of "advancing unsupported claims" about the 2020 election results. The letter to Budowich says the 501(c)(4) group got $200,000 and the House Panel wants to know more about where the cash came from.
- Alex Jones: said to have helped in donating "eighty percent" of the funding for the January 6th Ellipse rally. Jones also spoke at the Freedom Plaza on January 5th. A Wall Street Journal article from earlier this year pegged the cash amount to being $350,000. "Mr. Jones has stated that he was told by the White House that he was to lead a march from the January 6th Ellipse rally to the Capitol, where President Trump would meet the group and speak," says the press release. The House Panel letter to Alex Jones admits that the InfoWars host told the crowd "not to be violent." However the letter then goes on to quote how excited Alex Jones was in reacting to a December 19th, 2020 tweet from former President Trump advertising the "big protest in D.C. on January 6th" before then advertising his attendance at the event, himself.
- Roger Stone: said to be in Washington on the 5th and 6th of January 2021. While he was able to speak at two events on the 5th, he wasn’t able to do so on the 6th despite apparent plans to do so. Using stopthesteal.org to crowdfund security costs, Stone allegedly used Oath Keepers as his bodyguards that day. One of those security personnel faces Capitol riot charges of their own.
The current status of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s committee came about after several previous plans of approach failed. The idea of a Capitol riot investigative body happened after the Senate voted against impeaching former President Trump for a second time. As a formal proposal, the January 6th panel failed to get enough votes in the Senate either.
However, Nancy Pelosi went forward with the premise anyway. But even in doing so she failed to display impartiality after blocking Republicans with differing viewpoints to be allowed on board.
The authority of the House Select Committee was brought into question by former Trump adviser Steve Bannon. He responded to his subpoena request by openly declining to cooperate on the grounds of Trump’s executive privilege allowing to keep presidential matters private. Congress voted to hold Bannon in contempt and that led to Steve turning himself in to the FBI last week, where he pleaded not guilty to both charges.
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