The latest batch of rallies indicates that the committee continues to focus in part on organizing and funding the “Stop the Steal” rallies that took place on January 5 and 6, as well as previous rallies in the months leading up to the US Capitol attack.
Also convened by the committee on Monday: Dustin Stockton and Jennifer Lawrence, key players in the “Stop the Steal” movement after the election.
Stockton was one of the administrators of a “Stop the Steal” Facebook group that gathered hundreds of thousands of followers before it was shut down by the social media company on November 5 – the day after it was launched.
Taylor Budowich, who is currently the primary political spokesman for the former president and serves as communications director for Save America PAC, was the last individual summons Monday. In its writ of summons, the committee cites that Budowich “reportedly asked a 501c (4) organization to conduct a social media and radio advertising campaign that encouraged participation in the January 6 Ellipse meeting and made unsubstantiated claims about the outcome of the election. “
“The select committee is seeking information about the rallies and the subsequent march to the Capitol, which escalated into a violent mob that attacked the Capitol and threatened our democracy. We need to know who organized, planned, paid for and received funds related to these events, as well as what communications organizers had with White House and Congress officials, “the Democratic rep said. Mississippi Bennie Thompson, chairman of the committee, in a statement.
Budowich was a senior adviser to the Trump 2020 campaign and worked specifically with Donald Trump Jr. and his girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle. He is a longtime right-wing political operative – working as a senior communications adviser to Ron Desantis during his successful campaign as governor of Florida in 2018 and once served as CEO of Tea Party Express.
The Committee may have a particular interest in Budowich’s connection to Guilfoyle. The former Fox News personality played a major role in the planning and preparation of the January 6 rallies.
Stone, Jones, Stockton and Lawrence also have long-standing ties to Trump ally Steve Bannon, who is awaiting trial due to contempt for congressional charges stemming from his refusal to cooperate with a subpoena from the committee.
Stone was involved in the movement’s emergence around the 2020 election.
Along with Bannon and Jones, Stone was also among the most notable voices pushing for conspiracy theories immediately after the 2020 election.
At the time, Stone appeared on Jones’ right-wing extremist radio program to trumpet baseless allegations that Joe Biden was trying to steal the election, and Bannon repeated similar conspiracy theories on his podcast, calling the election “a mass fraud.”
The allegation was made to DC police by Kylie Jane Kremer, executive director of the Women for America First organization, a group that helped organize a series of post-election rallies, including one in a park south of the White House that preceded The Capitol riot on January 6th.
Creams were previously summoned by the select committee.
The alleged threat took place outside the Willard InterContinental hotel, located about two blocks from the White House, according to the police report. Willard served as an election-related “command center” for Trump allies around Jan. 6, and the committee has expressed significant interest in learning more about what was happening there at the time.