The House Select Committee on the Capitol Riot is subpoenaing Trump ally Roger Stone and far-right radio host Alex Jones and others that helped plan and fund the demonstrations that preceded the attack on the Capitol.
Stone, one of several Trump confidants to be pardoned by the former president, was scheduled to speak at rallies on Jan. 5 and 6 and was reportedly accompanied by members of the far-right militia group the Oath Keepers that day.
Jones, a right-wing conspiracy theorist, spoke at both rallies and helped arrange a donation to cover “80%” of the event’s costs near the White House on Jan. 6.
“The Select Committee is seeking information about the rallies and subsequent march to the Capitol that escalated into a violent mob attacking the Capitol and threatening our democracy,” said Mississippi Rep. Bennie Thompson, the Democratic chairman of the panel. “We need to know who organized, planned, paid for, and received funds related to those events, as well as what communications organizers had with officials in the White House and Congress.”
The subpoenas are the latest in a wide-ranging investigation by the House panel into the day when a group of Trump supporters, inspired by his allegations of a stolen election, assaulted police and broke their way into the Capitol to prevent Democrat Joe Biden’s victory from being certified.
More than 150 people from government, social media, and law enforcement have already been interviewed by the committee, including several former Trump advisors who have cooperated. In addition, more than 20 witnesses have been summoned by the panel. The vast majority of them, including numerous associates who assisted in planning the big “Stop the Steal” event on Jan. 6, have indicated that they will cooperate.
Subpoenas were also sent to Duston Stockton, Jennifer Lawrence, and Taylor Budowich, in addition to Stone and Jones.
Dustin Stockton and his fiancee Jennifer Lawrence helped organize the gathering on the Ellipse before the march toward the Capitol. Stockton attempted to alert the White House of the possible risk posed by the attack.
Stockton’s subpoena is primarily based on ProPublica research and mentions that he tried to communicate security concerns to Trump’s campaign.
“You reportedly were concerned about 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 so much so that you and others felt they needed to urgently warn the White House of the possible danger,” the subpoena states.
“You reportedly were of the view that ‘a last-minute march, without a permit, without all the metro police that’d usually be there to fortify the perimeter, felt unsafe,'” it adds.
Stockton and other Jan. 6 Ellipse demonstration organizers went to Katrina Pierson, another figure already under investigation. Another event organizer went straight to former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows.
Budowich allegedly hired a 501(c)(4) organization to run a social media and radio advertising campaign to promote the Ellipse event on Jan. 6.
“The Select Committee has reason to believe your efforts included directing to the 501(c) 4 organization approximately $200,000 from a source or sources that were not disclosed to the organization to pay for the advertising campaign,” the letter to him states.
Stone was summoned because he spoke at demonstrations in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 5 and 6. On Jan. 6, he was supposed to speak at the Ellipse rally.
“Mr. Stone has made remarks that he was planning to lead a march to the Capitol, from the Ellipse rally,” the committee’s statement said.
“I have said time and time again that I had no advance knowledge of the events that took place at the Capitol on that day. Any statement, claim, insinuation, or report alleging, or even implication, that I had any involvement in or knowledge, whether advance or contemporaneous, about the commission of any unlawful acts by any person or group in or around the U.S. Capitol or anywhere in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 6, 2021, is categorically false,” Stone said, reported The Hill.
According to the committee, Jones is believed to be an organizer of the Ellipse rally by “… facilitating a donation to provide what he described as ‘eighty percent of the funding. In addition, Jones spoke at the Jan. 5 rally on Freedom Plaza that was sponsored by the Eighty Percent Coalition.”
“Mr. Jones has stated that he was told by the White House that he was to lead a march from the Jan. 6 Ellipse rally to the Capitol, where President Trump would meet the group and speak,” the committee’s statement continued. “Mr. Jones has repeatedly promoted unsupported allegations of election fraud, including encouraging individuals to attend the Ellipse rally on Jan. 6 and implying he had knowledge about the plans of the former President with respect to the rally.”
Meadows and former Trump adviser Steve Bannon have been subpoenaed, as have several other Trump officials. However, most of them have declined to participate, citing Trump’s claim of executive privilege as justification, reported News max.