On January 6, the committee will offer a subdivision of Proud Boys, Oath Keepers, among others


WASHINGTON – The House Select Committee investigating the attack on the Capitol on January 6 by a group of supporters of former President Donald Trump announced a batch of new subpoenas for several right-wing groups, including the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers.

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“The selection committee is seeking information from individuals and organizations involved in the plan of attack with a violent group that has rushed to the Capitol on January 6 or attempts to cancel election results,” said committee chairman Benny Thompson, D-Miss., In a statement. “We believe that the individuals and institutions that we have subdivided today have relevant information on how violence has exploded in the Capitol and in preparation for this violent attack.”

“The selection committee is moving fast to uncover the facts of what happened that day and we expect every witness to follow and cooperate with the law so we can get answers to the American people,” he continued.

Proud Boys is a right-wing group with a history of violent confrontations. He came to national attention when Trump missed the opportunity to condemn him during the 2020 election.

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The Jan. 6 panel called for “violence until Jan. 6, and the Justice Department has indicted at least 34 individuals associated with the Proud Boys for the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.”

“Many individuals associated with the Prod Boys have repeatedly circulated the unsupported statement of the former president that he stole the 2020 election, and pointed to the use of force against police officers and government officials,” the committee wrote.

Proud Boys was founded in 2016 by Vice Media co-founder Gavin McInnes and described himself as a “politically incorrect men’s club” to “Western communalists” at the time.

In 2018, the FBI classified the Proud Boys as a militant group linked to white nationalism. The Southern Poverty Law Center estimates that it has 43 chapters in 29 states.

The Select Committee announced that they were subpoenaing National President Henry Tario, who would go through Enrique and self-identify as Afro-Cuban.

“Although Mr. Tario was prevented from entering Washington, DC on January 6, he was involved in the preparation of the Proud Boys for events in the Capitol,” the committee said.

The committee also announced that they would like to hear from members of the right-wing paramilitary and anti-government group Oath Keepers.

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Members of the Oath Keepers are engaged in high-level armed standoffs against the federal government. Several other members face conspiracy charges in the January 6 coup.

“Individuals associated with the Oath Keepers organization were involved in the planning and participation of the violent attack on the Capitol on January 6,” the committee wrote. “The coordinated attack was planned to storm the Capitol by traveling to Washington, DC with paramilitary gear and supplies,” the alleged members said.

The committee said it wanted to hear from militant group leader Elmer Stewart Rhodes.

Rhodes was outside the US Capitol on January 6 and helped organize a member’s attack on the building, which the US Justice Department claimed in March was advising on which entrances were most vulnerable and what weapons to bring.

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Before the panel attack, Rhodes “repeatedly suggested that sworn custodians should engage in violence to ensure their preferred electoral outcome.” He noted his involvement during the attacks, and noted his contact with “several convicted Oath Keepers members,” including “meeting some of them outside the Capitol.”

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Stewart Rhodes, founder of Oath Keepers, was their group the weeks before the Capital Riot

The committee announced that they are seeking testimony from the 1st Amendment Praetorian, right-wing group and its founder, Robert Patrick Lewis.

The group promotes itself as providing security for conservative rallies and parades.

According to a profile of the Daily Beast, Lewis is a believer in QAnon conspiracy theories. He served as a US Army Staff Sergeant and received the Purple Heart and Bronze Star.

The committee noted their previous security work at the rallies until January 6, and noted that “on January 4, the 1st Amendment Praetorian Twitter account indicated that violence was imminent.”

Lewis, according to the committee, “is listed as a speaker in the clearance for the rally at Freedom Plaza on January 5. On January 6, Mr. Lewis tweeted: ‘Today is the day when real wars begin.’ The next day, Mr. Lewis claimed he was engaged in a ‘war-game’ to continue his efforts to undo the election results. “

Subpoenas demand documents by December 7 and deposits thereafter.

Contribution: Joel Shannon


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