January 6 Committee Subpoenas Oath Keepers & Proud Boys As Probe Widens
The House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6 Attack on the United States Capitol issued a new round of subpoenas on Tuesday to the leaders of the Oath Keepers and the Proud Boys, two right-wing extremist organizations run by white supremacists that participated in former President Donald Trump‘s insurrection.
Stewart Rhodes and Enrique Tarrio, the respective leaders of the domestic terror groups, have not been charged with any crimes related to the events of January 6, even though the Justice Department believes that Rhodes helped direct his followers where to go once they reached the Capitol complex.
Tarrio is currently incarcerated for admitting to burning a Black Lives Matter banner at a church and for trafficking weapons into the District of Columbia in the days leading up to the Capitol riot.
Dozens of their devoted flock of mostly white conservatives, however, have faced serious legal consequences for attempting to disrupt the certification of the 2020 election and assassinate members of Congress, including then-Vice President Mike Pence and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California).
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The Committee also subpoenaed Robert Patrick Lewis, the chairman of 1st Amendment Praetorian, which investigators allege ran security at “multiple rallies leading up to January 6.”
United States Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Mississippi), the chair of the January 6 Committee, said in a statement that “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.”
On Monday, former Trump ally and longtime Republican operative Roger Stone, conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, and three other individuals associated with Trump were subpoenaed for documents and testimony regarding what they knew about the attack on the Capitol and when they knew it.
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