The commission investigating the January 6 insurrection in the United States Capitol has summoned a close associate of Donald Trump to testify, the ‘lobbyist’ and achiever Roger Stone, and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, as well as three other associates of the former president. They are accused of organizing and promoting the demonstrations that took place in the capital before the looting of the seat of the legislative power while certifying the electoral victory of Joe Biden.
“We need to know who organized, planned, paid and received funds related to these events, and what communications the organizers had with officials of the White House and Congress,” said the Mississippi representative, Bennie Thompson, who chairs the commission, when announcing these summons.
The commission is investigating that looting, which occurred after a Trump rally in which he denounced a massive fraud to steal his victory, despite the fact that all the courts to which he has gone have denied those claims. The deputies have summoned 20 people to testify, a part of which refuses to cooperate.
Roger Stone, one of those quoted now, was convicted following investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller on Russia’s interference in the 2016 elections, for lying to Congress about his efforts to seize emails from Democratic politicians stolen by Russia, which were published by WikiLeaks before the 2016 presidential elections. He was later pardoned by Trump.
His subpoena claims that he spoke at various rallies the day before the Capitol uprising and employed members of a far-right group, the so-called Oath Keepers, as personal security. In a statement, this attorney denied the allegations. He has not said whether or not he will cooperate.
Alex Jones is an expert conspiracy theorist presenter who spent hours of his show discussing this alleged fraud and calling for a demonstration in Washington on January 6. The commission tells him: “You made statements that reveal that you were aware of President Trump’s plans regarding the rally.”
The others quoted to declare are Dustin Stockton, Jennifer Lawrence y Taylor Budowich, for his alleged participation in the organization of rallies after the 2020 presidential elections that promoted false information about the election results, including the rally before the White House that immediately preceded the violent attack on Capitol Hill. Budowich is today a spokesman for Trump.
The panel has summoned other Trump advisers before. Steve Bannon, A former Trump employee, he was indicted Nov. 12 for contempt of Congress after he disobeyed his subpoena. The commission has also cited Mark Meadows, who was Trump’s last chief of staff in the White House.