New committee summons issued Jan. 6 for 5 Trump allies, including Roger Stone and Alex Jones

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, which the committee noted are engaged to each other.

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. According to the committee’s subpoena, Stockton helped organize a series of rallies after the November 2020 election ahead of the rally held at Ellipse in Washington, DC on January 6, with the aim of supporting then-President Trump and his allegations of electoral fraud.

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.

“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.

“We believe the witnesses we summoned today have relevant information and we expect them to cooperate fully with our efforts to get answers to the American people about the January 6 violence,” he added.

The committee asks the five people to submit documents on December 6 and has scheduled submission dates for them throughout mid-December.

Alex Jones

In its letter to Jones, the committee cites press reports and his own statements claiming that Jones worked with the organizers of the January 6 convention, Cindy Chafian and Caroline Wren, who have both been convened by the select committee, to “facilitate a donor, now known to be Julie Fancelli, to give what [he] characterized as ‘eighty percent’ of the funding “for the convention, which was held at Ellipsen on 6 January.

The committee said Jones was denied a place to speak at the Jan. 6 meeting, but that his earlier comments indicate that he was appointed to “lead a march to the Capitol where President Trump would meet the group.” The committee specifically acknowledged that Jones, when he was at the Capitol, told people “not to be violent” and to gather and wait for Trump to speak. Although Trump never came to the Capitol, the committee said that the place where Jones asked people to wait “coincided” with the same place that the organizer of “Stop the Steal” rally Ali Alexander was given permission to day.

In March, CNN reported that police in Washington, DC, were investigating an allegation that Jones threatened to push another pro-Trump political organizer out of an event scene in December, according to people familiar with the incident.

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.

Taylor Budowich

In its subpoena, the committee said Budowich “allegedly 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 committee cited information in the case to the panel to allege that Budowich directed about $ 200,000 from one or more sources to 501 (c) (4), which “was not disclosed to the organization to pay for the advertising campaign.”

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 who worked 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.

Roger Stone served a lawsuit on Jan. 6 while performing live on the radio

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. The committee also cited Wren as potentially “involved in facilitating the transfer of some or all of the funds” with which the committee claims Budowich is linked.

CNN has contacted Budowich for a comment.

Dustin Stockton and Jennifer Lawrence

In its subpoena to Stockton, the committee quoted press reports as claiming he was among the group of convention organizers who communicated with Trump and other White House officials, including Trump White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, who has been in a budding conflict. with the committee over his subpoena.

The committee claimed that Stockton was among those warning the White House of the possible danger of an unauthorized march reaching the Capitol while Congress confirmed election results, and that Stockton specifically expressed his concerns to Katrina Pierson, a former Trump campaign official. . involved in the organization of the conventions on January 5 and 6, which served as a liaison between the convention organizers and the White House.

The committee said Pierson, who has also been summoned, told Stockton and other convention organizer Amy Kremer, who has also been summoned, that she would pass this information on to Meadows.

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.

Both Stockton and Lawrence were involved in Bannon’s “We Build the Wall” crowdfunding group, and in August 2020, federal agents raided their recreational vehicle in Mesquite, Nevada, hours before prosecutors uncovered charges accusing others involved in the group, including Bannon.

Stockton and Lawrence issued a statement Monday night saying they had anticipated the subpoenas, but added: “We are concerned that the timing during Thanksgiving week, while most normal business is closed, is further evidence of , that this committee does not act in good faith. “

“In the many months since January 6, we have given many journalists and businesses extensive on-the-record interviews because we are committed to finding out the truth about what happened. We remain committed to that transparency and ask for the opportunity to share our experiences with the public without the smell of misinformation that has become commonplace, “Stockton and Lawrence continued.

Roger Stone

Meanwhile, the origins of the “Stop the Steal” slogan can be traced to Stone, a self-described “dirty trickster” whose 40-month prison sentence for seven crimes was cut short by Trump’s transformation last July.

A combination of documents submitted to the select committee, press reports and Stone’s statements show how he not only promoted his performance at a “Stop the Steal” event on January 6, but requested donations for it, stating that his purpose in the rally was to “lead a march to the Capitol,” according to the panel’s subpoena to him. The committee added that according to media reports, Stone used members of the Oath Keepers as personal security guards, several of whom stormed the Capitol and at least one who has been indicted while in Washington.

Stone issued a statement in response to the lawsuit, calling the allegations “categorically false.”

“I have repeatedly said that I had no prior knowledge of the events that took place in the Capitol that day. Any statement, allegation, insinuation or report that claims, or even suggests, that I had any involvement in or “knowledge, whether in advance or at the same time, whether the commission of an illegal act by any person or group in or around the US capital or anywhere in Washington, DC on January 6, 2021, is categorically false,” he said. he.

Stone was involved in the “Stop the Steal” movement’s emergence around the 2020 election. Along with Bannon and Jones, he was 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.”

Following the last major House integrity investigation, following the 2016 election, Stone was convicted in a federal court of obstructing Congress and telling five lies about his efforts to contact WikiLeaks on behalf of the Trump campaign. He had been sitting in a more than three-hour interview in 2017 with a Republican-led House committee.

During his criminal trial, which took place before the end of the Trump administration, the Justice Department successfully argued that Stone lied to Congress to protect Trump. Trump pardoned him later.

This story has been updated with further reporting.

Katelyn Polantz contributed to this report.

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