WASHINGTON – A committee appointed by the House of Representatives to investigate Capitol’s attacks released 10 more speeches on Wednesday, targeting supporters of President Donald J. Trump who were involved in planning and organizing a “Stop the Steal” rally that sparked mob violence on January 6..
The summons showed that the committee was trying to scrutinize their rally, when thousands came to the Capitol as Trump tried to force Congress and vice president Mike Pence to overturn the results of the 2020 elections. The pro-Trump Women for America First group organized a January 6 rally on Ellipse, where angry listeners listened as Mr. Trump made it clear that he was angry with Mr. Pence for rejecting his plan to rig the election and that he wanted a group of people to go to the Capitol soon after the protest.
That’s when they heard Trump’s lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani, call for “trial” against Democrats to win the election.
The committee sent summonses to Amy Kremer, chair of Women for America First, which helped organize a meeting near the White House on January 6; Caroline Wren, a Trump-fundraiser, who has been listed as a “VIP consultant” in the National Park Service courtesy of the event; Cindy Chafian, another organizer; Hannah Salem Stone, who was able to prepare for the rally; and Justin Caporale, a former top aide to Melania Trump, a former first wife.
The committee also sent a summons to Katrina Pierson, a former Trump spokesman for the country; Kylie Jane Kremer, daughter of Amy Kremer, who was involved in the “March for Trump” bus trip; Lyndon Brentnall, owner of a Florida-security company contract for the rally; Maggie Mulvaney, granddaughter of former Trump aide Mick Mulvaney, who was registered on the convention; Megan Powers, former director of Mr. Trump; by Tim Unes, their company was listed as a meeting-level manager.
“You helped organize a rally held at Ellipse in Washington, DC, on January 6, 2021, in support of President Trump with allegations of electoral fraud,” Miss Bennie Thompson, Mississippi Democrat and committee chairman, wrote in the summons. “President Trump addressed a rally shortly before the Capitol attack, urging people to ‘fight harder’ and ‘stop stealing.'”
About Jan. 6 rally, Women for America First organized two meetings at Freedom Plaza in Washington on November 14 and December 12, and two “Fighting Trump” bus rides brought interest and attendance at meetings, elected by such a committee.
Maspoenas seeks a wide range of content that includes items dealing with planning, financing and participation in events and bus trips; social media events of a cohesive relationship; and negotiations with Trump officials and lawmakers.
The subpoenas are the second group released by the court, after the first tranche targeted some of Mr. Trump’s closest allies who he had met before and during the worst attack. The committee’s speed of issuance of the summons indicates that it is moving aggressively in its investigation, without stopping to consult key witnesses.
Mr Thompson said the group was planning to dig deeper into a campaign Mr Trump and his allies had been made to overthrow President Biden’s victory, and to investigate who had encouraged the militants and terrorists to come to Washington before the attack.
The court last week sought information from Mark Meadows, a former White House chief of staff; Dan Scavino Jr., former deputy chief of staff; Stephen K. Bannon, Mr. Trump’s former adviser; and Kash Patel, former Pentagon chief of staff.
It ordered the four men to file documents by October 7 and report to the departments next week.
“Everyone has a legal obligation to comply with the summons,” MP Jamie Raskin, a Maryland Democrat and member of parliament, said this week. “We have reason to expect that they will listen.”
The court has also begun to deal with prosecutors who have filed charges against the Capitol attack, although it is still unclear how many of the 70 were found and how they would eventually interrogate investigators.
One of the prosecutors investigated by the committee is Scott Fairlamb, a New Jersey race owner who pleaded guilty in August to assaulting police during an attack, according to his lawyer, Harley Breite.
Mr Breite, who received an email from the committee last week, said he would be in Washington and China to consult with Mr Fairlamb about whether they wanted to speak to investigators.
The newly-released Maspoenas came as the committee demanded detailed records of Mr. Trump’s travels and meetings on January 6, in a petition to coalition parties that he said he was looking into any involvement he might have in planning or carrying out the attack.
The court also sent archival material last month to 35 professional companies, according to a number of people who know the documents that mentioned the contents without knowing the name. About a dozen Republicans are among the hundreds of people whose records are being sought by the committee, including Representative Kevin McCarthy of California, a minority leader, who has threatened to retaliate against any related company.
Alan moto helped report.