The choose committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot has subpoenaed the leaders of the right-wing teams Proud Boys, Oath Keepers and 1st Amendment Praetorian.
“The Select Committee is seeking information from individuals and organizations reportedly involved with planning the attack, with the violent mob that stormed the Capitol on January 6th, or with efforts to overturn the results of the election,” committee Chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., said in a press release Tuesday. “We believe the individuals and organizations we subpoenaed today have relevant information about how violence erupted at the Capitol and the preparation leading up to this violent attack.”
ROGER STONE, ALEX JONES SUBPOENAED BY HOUSE JAN. 6 COMMITTEE
The press launch asserting the subpoenas mentioned that “at least 34 individuals affiliated with the Proud Boys” group have been indicted in connection the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, whereas noting that many different individuals related to the group helped unfold claims that the 2020 election was stolen from former President Donald Trump.
Henry “Enrique” Tarrio, who on the time of the riot was the chairman of the Proud Boys, was additionally subpoenaed, with the press launch stating that he was concerned within the planning of the riot although he was not allowed to enter Washington, D.C., on the day protests broke out.
President of the Oath Keepers Elmer Stewart Rhodes was equally subpoenaed, with the discharge asserting that he “repeatedly suggested the Oath Keepers should engage in violence to ensure their preferred election outcome.” The launch notes that 18 members of the group have to this point been charged in relation to the riot, whereas many others have been concerned within the planning or participated.
The subpoenas additionally goal the first Amendment Praetorian, arguing the group “provided security” at rallies main as much as the riot and have been additionally answerable for amplifying Trump’s election fraud claims. The launch factors to a tweet by 1st Amendment Praetorian Chairman Robert Patrick Lewis by which Lewis declared that Jan. 6 was “the day that true battles begin.”
The choose committee was formed in June to research the Jan. 6 Capitol riots in a largely party-line vote, with solely Republican Reps. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., and Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., voting with Democrats to kind it.
“The Select Committee is moving swiftly to uncover the facts of what happened on that day and we expect every witness to comply with the law and cooperate so we can get answers to the American people,” Thompson mentioned.
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