January 6 committee subpoenas Trump-backed congressional candidate

The targets in this group of subpoenas were involved in planning the January 5-6 rallies leading up to the violent attack, and the group includes people who coordinated the planning of the rally directly with Trump.

  • Bryan lewis had a rally permit outside the United States Capitol on Jan. 6, the purpose of which was to urge Congress to invalidate electoral votes, the committee said. In its subpoena letter to Lewis, the committee says the “multiple applicants” for event permits “coordinated their efforts to arrange separate locations on Capitol Hill,” according to documents on file.
  • Ed martin, an organizer of the “Stop the Steal” movement, was involved in funding the January 6 demonstration on the Ellipse that occurred directly before the attack on the Capitol. The committee cites documents it has on file to support the claim that Martin was specifically responsible for logistics planning and vendor payment for a “Stop the Steal Event” titled “Savage Protest.”
  • Kimberly Fletcher, who is linked to an organization titled “Moms for America,” helped organize the January 5 rally at Freedom Plaza and the January 6 rally in Ellipse. The committee writes in its subpoena letter that Fletcher was in communication with “Stop the Steal” rally organizer Ali Alexander, who had just appeared for his deposition, to coordinate the permitting of the rally around January 6. Referring to a press report, the committee claims that Fletcher was contacted by police after January 6 and acknowledged knowing that Alexander and his “Stop the Steal” organization used false names on their rally permits.

“Some of the witnesses we cite today apparently worked to organize the rallies on January 5 and 6, and some appeared to have had direct communication with the former president regarding the rally on the Ellipse directly prior to the attack on the United States Capitol.” said the Democratic Representative. Bennie Thompson of Mississippi, who chairs the panel, said in a statement.

All six people are required to deliver the documents to the committee on December 23, and depositions are scheduled for early January.

On Thursday, Miller took to Twitter to say he would accept the subpoena. But he also criticized the committee’s investigation, promising that one of his first acts as a member of the House would be to help disband the panel.

“Upon taking office, I will make sure that one of my first votes is to dissolve this partisan committee that has armed its powers against innocent Americans,” tweeted Miller, who has been endorsed by Trump. “I will accept the service of this subpoena, but I will defend my rights in the same way that I will defend the rights of my constituents when I am elected.”

This latest batch of subpoenas from the committee comes as it has already issued dozens of subpoenas to people involved in planning and funding the rally that directly preceded the violent attack on Capitol Hill.

This story was updated with additional information on Friday.


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