Proud Boys’ Enrique Tarrio’s January 6 lawsuit

Last week, the House of Representatives’ select committee to investigate the January 6 attack on the Capitol issued subpoenas to Trump allies, right-wing TV personalities and far-right leaders, the last group including Miami-born former Proud Boys chairman . Enrique “Henry” Tarrio.

A copy of the 19-page subpoena issued to Tarrio – sent to New Times by his lawyer, J. Daniel Hull, who declined to comment on this story – reveals that the committee is seeking any communication between Tarrio and then-President Trump in connection with the January 6 riot and any connection between Tarrio and government and / or military officials.

The subpoena comes as an increasing number of rebels on January 6 have been convicted and convicted, and pressure is mounting for Trump for speaking out about his role in an attempt to undermine the democratic process on American soil.

“In accordance with the attached definitions and instructions, you, Henry Tarrio (also known as Enrique Tarrio), are hereby obliged to produce … [a]ll communicate with or directly about Donald J Trump, his family members, advisers, White House staffers, or staff with Donald J. Trump for President, Inc., regarding efforts to challenge the legitimacy of, disrupt, or disrupt the 2020 presidential election; efforts to meddle in government processes or events in Washington, DC on January 5 and 6, 2021, “requires the subpoena. (The subpoena is embedded in its entirety at the end of this story).

Tarrio is serving a five-month sentence at the DC Central Detention Facility in Washington, DC, after pleading guilty in July to charges of burning a Black Lives Matter flag belonging to a church and possession of high-profile firearms magazines capacity.

Because he was arrested on January 4, he was not present when a number of proud boys rushed into the Capitol building two days later. Before his imprisonment, Tarrio told New Times that if he had been there, he would have prevented his brothers from participating in the uprising.

Nevertheless, the House Committee’s lawsuit alleges that Tarrio and the Proud Boys organization played a direct role in planning the events of January 6th. The subpoena, which Hull received yesterday afternoon, calls on the jailed former Proud Boys chairman to present a comprehensive list of documents and announcements by next Tuesday, December 7, and to appear for dismissal on December 15. He is due to be released from prison in mid-January, after which he will serve three years of conditional imprisonment.

The subpoena also requires Tarrio to provide all communications and documents from him and Proud Boys International, LLC, regarding planning, lodging, and training for January 6; communication between the Proud Boys and other right-wing extremist organizations, the Oath Keepers and the 1st Amendment Praetorian (groups convened by the committee); communications between Tarrio and any law enforcement agencies after January 6; and any communications between Tarrio and any e-mail addresses from a “.gov” or “.mil” domain about recruiting and using government resources to assist in Proud Boys activities – which ultimately seem to seek to reveal any connection between hate group and members of the U.S. government or military in connection with the uprising.

Committee members also sued all of Tarrio’s financial accounts in connection with the Proud Boys, as well as notes, minutes, contacts and organizational structure of the broader Proud Boys organization and Elders Chapter, a cadre of veteran Proud Boys composed of a national board of directors articles of association. Internal organizational information is usually kept secret among members, and most members go by pseudonyms and usernames online rather than their first names.

Rolling stones reported in October that several organizers claimed to have met with GOP lawmakers and members of Trump’s White House staff before Jan. 6. Politico reported earlier this week that the committee will soon summonses from legislators suspected of having known or been involved in the uprising.


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