Jan 6 panel issues more summonses focusing on rally ahead of Capitol riot

WASHINGTON – The special committee investigating the January 6 riots issued three more summonses on Thursday targeting organizers of the “Stop the Steal” rally, which Donald J. brought together several supporters of Trump, who violently stormed the Capitol.

The summons demands testimony from Ali Abdul Akbar, also known as Ali Alexander, and Nathan Martin, who were both involved in organizing public protests across the country – including in Washington on January 6. – Based on Mr Trump’s lie that he was the real winner of the 2020 election, and it is full of fraud. The committee also issued a summons to Stop the Steel LLC, an organization affiliated with the event.

“The rally at the Capitol grounds on January 6, like the rally near the White House that day, preceded the violent attack on the seat of our democracy,” said Representative Benny Thompson, a Mississippi Democrat and committee chair. in a statement. “During that day, the demonstrations turned into violence and the protesters became rioters.”

In the weeks before the attack, Mr. Alexander made repeated references during the “Stop the Steel” events to the possible use of violence to achieve the organization’s goals, and he referred to the incidents at the White House and members of Congress. claimed to communicate with The committee said there are plans to dilute the certification of the 2020 Electoral College results.

A far-right activist and conspiracy theorist, Mr. Alexander has claimed that he, along with Mo Brooks of Alabama, Paul Goser of Arizona and Andy Biggs of Arizona, all Republicans, set in motion the events of January 6.

“The four of us plan to put maximum pressure on Congress while we vote,” Mr. Alexander said in a deleted video posted online, “so that we can change the hearts and minds of Republicans whom we can’t lobby for. Those who were in that body, who were hearing our loud roar from outside.

Additionally, Mr. Alexander spoke at a rally organized by the Eighty Percent Coalition at Freedom Plaza in Washington on January 5 and led the crowd chanting “Victory, or Death”, the committee said.

The committee has now issued 18 subpoenas, many focusing on funding, planning and organization of the rally, which turned into a violent stampede at the Capitol, where Congress is meeting to formalize the election of President Biden. was being They chanted “Hang Mike Pence”, threatened to shoot Speaker Nancy Pelosi and forced lawmakers to vacate the building. Around 140 police officers were injured and many people died in connection with the riots.

In view of the conflicting information received by the investigators, the committee said that it is trying to get to the bottom of the January 6 event.

An organization called One Nation Under God submitted a permit application to the US Capitol Police in December for a rally about “election fraud in the swing states” on 6 January, with Mr. Martin’s phone number and email address among contact information. was listed.

But when a Capitol police officer spoke to Martin in late December, Martin claimed no knowledge of the rally and directed the officer to speak to a vendor, the committee said. According to the police officer, the seller was “shocked” to learn this because he was in “daily communication” with Mr Martin about the incident, the committee said.

Following the January 6 attack, Mr Alexander issued a statement acknowledging that Stop the Steel had “obtained a rally permit for our ‘One Nation Under God’ program,” the committee said. He said it was intended to prevent theft, directing rally attendees to march to Lot 8 on the US Capitol Ground, which is the location for which Capitol Police granted permission for a “One Nation Under God” rally. was given. Permit applications estimated there would be only 50 attendees at the event, not the hundreds who marched on the Capitol.

The summons requires Mr. Alexander and Mr. Martin to present documents by October 21 and testify at the statement next week.

The summons came when former President Donald J. Time was running out for some of Trump’s closest aides to comply with the committee’s demands.

Mark Meadows, former Chief of Staff of the White House; Dan Scavino Jr., deputy chief of staff; Stephen K. Bannon, a former adviser to Mr. Trump; And Kash Patel, the former Pentagon chief of staff, had until the end of Thursday to obey a subpoena to hand over documents to the committee about Mr Trump’s actions before and during the riots.

Mr Thompson has threatened criminal referral for witnesses who do not comply with the summons.

The committee is demanding that Mr Meadows and Mr Patel appear for questioning next Thursday, and Mr Bannon and Mr Scavino the next day.

The committee’s latest action came after the Senate Judiciary Committee released a lengthy interim report about Trump’s efforts to pressure the Justice Department to do its bidding in the chaotic final weeks of his presidency. Mr Thompson said he planned to incorporate the Senate’s findings into the House investigation.

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