A committee investigating the Jan.6 U.S. Capitol uprising has subpoenaed five other people, including former President Donald Trump’s ally Roger Stone and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones as lawmakers deepen their investigation into the rallies leading up to the deadly attack.
The subpoenas issued on Monday include requests for documents and testimony from Stone and Jones as well as three people accused of organizing and promoting the two rallies that took place on January 6.
“The select committee is seeking information on the rallies and the subsequent march to Capitol Hill that turned into a violent mob attacking the Capitol and threatening our democracy,” said Mississippi Representative Bennie Thompson, Democratic panel chairman. “We need to know who organized, planned, paid for and received funds related to these events, as well as the communications the organizers had with officials in the White House and Congress.
The subpoenas are the latest in a vast network the House panel launched in an attempt to investigate the deadly day a group of Trump supporters, fueled by his bogus allegations of the stolen election, brutally assaulted police and made his way into the Capitol to disrupt Democrat Joe Biden’s certification of victory.
The committee has already interviewed more than 150 people in government, social media and law enforcement, including former Trump aides who have cooperated. The panel has subpoenaed more than 20 witnesses, and most of them, including several associates who helped plan the massive “Stop the Steal” rally on the morning of January 6, have indicated they will cooperate.
Stone was convicted in Special Advocate Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation for lying to Congress about his efforts to collect inside information about Russian-hacked Democratic emails that were released by WikiLeaks in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election. He was later pardoned by Trump.
The House subpoena notes that Stone spoke at rallies the day before the Capitol uprising and used members of a far-right group, the Oath Keepers, as personal security guards while ‘he was in Washington.
In a statement, Stone said he had yet to see the details of the summons, but called any allegation of his involvement that day “categorically false.”
“I have said over and over again that I had no prior knowledge of the events that unfolded on Capitol Hill that day,” said the conservative provocateur. “After the subpoena is served and after my lawyer reviews the applications, I will determine how I will proceed. “
The House panel is also keen to hear from Jones, with Thompson saying the conspiracy theorist and radio personality helped organize the Jan.6 rally at the Ellipse that preceded the insurgency. Thompson’s letter says Jones repeatedly promoted Trump’s election fraud allegations, urged his listeners to come to Washington for the rally, and walked from the Ellipse to Capitol Hill. Thompson also wrote that Jones “made statements implying that you were aware of President Trump’s plans for the rally.”
A lawyer who has previously represented Jones did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The other three subpoenas were issued to Dustin Stockton, Jennifer Lawrence and Taylor Budowich for their alleged involvement in promoting and organizing the series of rallies following the 2020 presidential election which promoted false information regarding the election results, including the Ellipse rally that preceded the violent attack on the Capitol.
Stockton and Lawrence were key leaders of the ‘Stop the Steal’ movement after the election and helped organize the January 6 rally that preceded the attack on the Capitol. The couple said they plan to testify and will hand over the documents requested by the committee.
Both have disowned the violence. Stockton said he had already contacted the committee to cooperate voluntarily.
“We were shocked and horrified by what happened on the 6th,” Lawrence told The Associated Press on Monday. “We have to get to the bottom of what really happened so that we can move forward as a country.”
Budowich, who is now Trump’s chief spokesperson, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
The election results were confirmed by state officials and confirmed by the courts. Trump’s own attorney general, William Barr, had helped the Justice Department find no evidence of widespread fraud that could have overturned the results.
The committee is seeking information from Stockton and her fiance, Lawrence, who they say were involved in organizing some of the rallies. The committee alleges Stockton was sufficiently concerned that the Ellipse rally would lead to “possible danger” that it traced those concerns to then White House chief of staff Mark Meadows.
The panel has already demanded documents and testimony from several other Trump advisers – some cooperated and some not. Steve Bannon, a longtime Trump ally, was indicted on November 12 with two counts of criminal contempt of Congress after defying a subpoena from the House committee. The committee gives Meadows more time to comply with a subpoena before the panel moves forward with a contempt vote.
Associated Press editors Eric Tucker and Nomaan Merchant in Washington and Jill Colvin in New York contributed to this report.
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