Alex Jones, Roger Stone summoned by the House Committee on Jan. 6
Washington — A commission investigating the US Capitol mutiny on Jan. 6 issued subpoenas for five other individuals, including former President Donald Trump ally Roger Stone and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, as lawmakers deepened their investigations into the rallies that preceded the deadly attack.
The subpoenas include requests for documents and testimony from Stone and Jones as well as three people accused of organizing and promoting the two January 6 protests.
“The selection committee is seeking information on rallies and subsequent march to the Capitol that escalated into a violent mob attacking the Capitol and threatening our democracy,” said Mississippi Representative Benny Thompson, the committee’s Democratic chair. who organized, planned, paid, and received funds related to these events, as well as what the organizers had in contact with officials in the White House and Congress.”
Monday’s subpoenas are the latest in a wide web thrown by the House committee in an effort to investigate the deadly day when a group of Trump supporters, backed by his false allegations of election theft, brutally assaulted the police and made their way into the country. The Capitol interrupts the ratification of the victory of Democrat Joe Biden.
The commission has already interviewed more than 150 people across government, social media and law enforcement, including some former Trump aides who have cooperated. The commission called more than 20 witnesses, most of whom, including several aides who helped plan the massive “Stop The Robbery” rally on the morning of January 6, indicated they would cooperate.
Stone was convicted in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation of lying to Congress about his efforts to gather inside information about emails of hacked Democrats in Russia that WikiLeaks released in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election. Subsequently, Trump pardoned him.
The House subpoena notes that Stone spoke at rallies the day before the Capitol uprising and used members of the far-right group, Oaths of War, as personal security guards while in Washington.
In a statement, Stone said he had not yet seen details of the subpoena, but described any allegation of his involvement that day as a “categorical error.”
“I have repeatedly said that I had no prior knowledge of the events that took place on the Capitol that day,” said the conservative agitator. “After the subpoena is served and after my attorney reviews the applications, I will make a decision on how to proceed.”
The House committee also wants to hear from Jones, as Thompson said the conspiracy theorist and talk show host helped organize the January 6 rally at Ellipse prior to the rebellion. Thompson’s letter says Jones repeatedly promoted Trump’s allegations of election fraud, urged his listeners to come to Washington for the rally, and walked from the Ellipse to the Capitol.
A lawyer like Jones previously did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The other three subpoenas were issued to Dustin Stockton, Jennifer Lawrence and Taylor Bowdwich for their alleged participation in promoting and organizing a series of post-election 2020 rallies that promoted false information regarding election results, including the pre-election rally by Ellips. Violent attack on the Capitol.
Stockton and Lawrence were key leaders of the “Stop Theft” movement after the election and helped organize the January 6 rally leading up to the attack on the Capitol. The couple said they intended to testify and would hand over documents requested by the commission.
Both renounce violence. Stockton said he had previously contacted the commission to cooperate voluntarily.
“We were shocked and appalled by what happened on Day Six,” Lawrence told The Associated Press on Monday. “We need to know what really happened so that we can move forward as a country.”
Budwich, who is now Trump’s official spokesman, did not respond to requests for comment.
The election results were confirmed by state officials and upheld by the courts. Trump’s attorney general, William Barr, had helped the Justice Department find any evidence of widespread fraud that could have upended the findings.
The committee is seeking information from Stockton and his fiancée Lawrence, who they say have been involved in organizing some of the rallies. The committee claims Stockton was concerned enough that the Ellipse rally would create a “potential danger” that he escalated those concerns to then-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows.
The committee has already requested documents and testimonies from several other Trump advisers — some who cooperated and some who did not. Steve Bannon, a longtime Trump ally, was indicted on November 12 on two counts of criminal contempt of Congress after he defied a subpoena from a House committee. The committee gives Meadows more time to comply with a subpoena before the committee moves forward with a vote of contempt.
Associated Press writers Eric Tucker and Neumann Merchant in Washington, and Jill Colvin in New York contributed to this report.
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