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Jan. 6 panel subpoenas Roger Stone, Alex Jones

The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot is subpoenaing Trump ally Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneTrump vs. DeSantis: Let the war games begin The Memo: Democrats may rue pursuit of Bannon DeSantis floats formation of police force to crack down on election crimes MORE and far-right radio host Alex Jones along with others who helped plan and finance the rallies that preceded the attack on the Capitol.

Stone, one of several Trump confidants to be pardoned by the former president, was set to speak at rallies on both Jan. 5 and Jan. 6 and reportedly used members of the far-right militia group the Oath Keepers as personal security that day.

Jones, a right-wing conspiracy theorist, also spoke at both rallies and facilitated a donation to provide what he described as “80 percent” of the funding for the rally 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,” Chairman Bennie ThompsonBennie Gordon ThompsonHillicon Valley — Presented by Ericsson — House passes Biden plan with 0M for cyber More than 0M for cybersecurity included in sweeping House-passed package The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by ExxonMobil – Gosar censured as GOP drama heightens MORE (D-Miss.) said in a statement on Monday.

“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,” he continued.

“We believe the witnesses we subpoenaed today have relevant information and we expect them to cooperate fully with our effort to get answers for the American people about the violence of January 6th,” he said. 

Others subpoenaed Monday include Dustin Stockton and his fiancee Jennifer Lawrence, who both helped organize the rally held on the Ellipse ahead of the march toward the Capitol, noting that Stockton sought to warn the White House about potential danger that could stem from the attack.

The committee also subpoenaed Taylor Budowich, who serves as a spokesman for Trump and solicited some $200,000 in funding to promote the rally and encourage attendance.

The letter says he reportedly spoke at rallies on Jan. 5 at the Supreme Court “held by a group affiliated with the Three Percenters” and another at Freedom Plaza organized by the Eighty Percent Coalition, which described itself as dedicated to eradicating socialist policies.

He was also scheduled to speak at the rally on Jan. 6 that served as the springboard for the march to the Capitol.

“Before traveling to Washington, you promoted your appearance at an upcoming Stop the Steal event and solicited donations from supporters to pay for security by directing them to stopthesteal.com,” the subpoena states.

“You have stated that you were ‘invited to lead a march to the Capitol’ from the Ellipse rally on Jan. 6, but did not end up doing so,” it added.

The subpoena goes on to note that Stone’s security detail did make it to the Capitol, with several of his team reportedly involved in the attack, including “at least one of whom has been indicted.”

The committee has already subpoenaed Ali Alexander, a Stop the Steal organizer.

Stone was pardoned by Trump the day before he was supposed to report to jail for witness tampering and obstruction of justice charges related to the investigation into the Trump campaign’s awareness of Russian efforts to aid it.

Jones, the Infowars host who was recently found liable in a defamation case brought by families of the victims of the Sandy Hook massacre, is sought over helping secure funding for the rallies.

The subpoena notes he connected rally organizers with Julie Fancelli, heiress of the Publix supermarket chain, to provide financial backing for the gathering on the Ellipse. 

It also notes his involvement with Alexander, the Stop the Steal organizer, saying that while Jones was “denied a speaking slot” at the Jan. 6 rally, he attended the event and helped direct rallygoers to a location on the Capitol grounds where Alexander had secured a permit. 

Like Stone, he also spoke at the Jan. 5 rally organized by the Eighty Percent Coalition, something the subpoena says was done “at the request of President TrumpDonald TrumpTwo Fox News contributors quit over Tucker Carlson’s Jan. 6 documentary GOP senator: Decisions on bills not made based on if they hurt or help Trump or Biden O’Rourke won’t say if he wants Biden to campaign for him in Texas senate race MORE.”

The subpoena also paints Jones as a key ally in spreading Trump’s disinformation about the election.

“In the lead up to the events of Jan. 6, you and others on Infowars repeatedly promoted President Trump’s allegations of election fraud and urged people to come to Washington, D.C. for the Jan. 6 Ellipse rally and made statements implying that you had knowledge about the plans of President trump with respect to the rally,” it states.

The subpoena for Stockton relies heavily on reporting from ProPublica, noting he tried to relay security concerns to the Trump team. 

“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.’”

Stockton and other Jan. 6 Ellipse rally organizers went to Katrina Pierson, another figure already subpoenaed in the investigation, while another rally organizer went directly to former White House chief of staff Mark MeadowsMark MeadowsLofgren: Many Jan. 6 panel witnesses are former Trump officials Jan. 6 panel may see leverage from Bannon prosecution After a year of blatant ethics violations, Congress must reform corruption laws MORE

According to Politico, Stockton and his fiancee have already reached out to the panel about voluntarily sitting down with the committee’s investigators.

Updated at 6:49 p.m.

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