Jan. 6 select committee subpoenas Proud Boys, Oath Keepers

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The House select committee investigating the lethal Jan. 6 riot on the US Capitol issued 5 extra subpoenas Tuesday, concentrating on right-wing teams the Proud Boys and the Oath Keepers in addition to their leaders.

In saying the subpoenas, the panel famous that 34 folks affiliated with the Proud Boys have to this point been indicted by federal prosecutors in reference to the riot. The committee additionally mentioned that the group’s members amplified former President Donald Trump’s “unsupported claim that the 2020 election was stolen and suggested the use of force against police officers and government officials.”

Proud Boys chief Henry “Enrique” Tarrio — who’s at present serving jail time for crimes together with setting a stolen Black Lives Matter banner on fireplace final 12 months — was amongst these summoned to offer paperwork and testimony, as was Oath Keepers founder Elmer Stewart Rhodes.

“Prior to January 6th, Mr. Rhodes repeatedly suggested the Oath Keepers should engage in violence to ensure their preferred election outcome,” mentioned the committee, which famous that 18 Oath Keepers had been indicted in reference to that day’s violence.

Stewart Rhodes, founder of Oath Keepers
Stewart Rhodes, founding father of Oath Keepers, was summoned to offer paperwork and testimony.
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“On January 6th, Mr. Rhodes was allegedly in contact with several of the indicted Oath Keepers members before, during, and after the Capitol attack, including meeting some of them outside the Capitol,” the panel mentioned.

The committee additionally subpoenaed the first Amendment Praetorian group, which it mentioned (*6*)

The 1st Amendment Praetorian chairman, Robert Patrick Lewis, is needed by the committee after being listed as a speaker on the allow for a Jan. 5 rally on Freedom Plaza in downtown Washington. On the day of the riot, Lewis tweeted: “Today is the day that true battles begin.”

Proud Boys leader Henry "Enrique" Tarrio
Proud Boys chief Henry “Enrique” Tarrio is at present serving jail time for crimes together with setting a stolen Black Lives Matter banner on fireplace final 12 months.
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In a press release, Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) mentioned that lawmakers “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.”

Tarrio was not in Washington on Jan. 6, as he had been ordered out of the realm by a choose following his arrest two days earlier. However, the committee believes Tarrio could have been concerned in any plans for violence by the Proud Boys.

Jason Lee Van Dyke, a lawyer beforehand affiliated with the Proud Boys and subpoenaed as a part of the congressional investigation, instructed the Associated Press he would give the committee information that aren’t protected by attorney-client privilege, however emphasised that his affiliation with the Proud Boys International LLC resulted in November 2018.

Van Dyke added that he didn’t have any information from November 2020 by means of the current that the subpoena seeks. “I can’t give them what I don’t have,” Van Dyke mentioned.

Tuesday’s subpoenas come sooner or later after the panel issued 5 further subpoenas on Monday — with Infowars host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and former Trump senior adviser Roger Stone amongst these ordered to supply paperwork and testimony.

With Post wires