The House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol Hill incident has issued subpoenas to many longstanding Trump supporters, including InfoWars founder Alex Jones, self-described dirty trickster Roger Stone, and rally planners Dustin Stockton and Jennifer Lawrence. Taylor Budowich, the current spokeswoman for former President Donald Trump, has also been subpoenaed by the committee.
“The Select Committee is seeking information about the rallies and subsequent march to the Capitol that escalated into a violent mob attacking the Capitol and threatening our democracy,” Committee Chair Bennie Thompson (D-MS) said in a statement. “We need to know who organized, planned, paid for, and received funds related to those events, as well as what communications organizers had with officials in the White House and Congress.”
The tribunal asked that all subpoenaed individuals turn over pertinent papers by December 6. They were supposed to make deposits the next week.
The subpoenas issued on Monday are about the financing and organizing of protests on Jan. 5 and 6, as well as the march from the Ellipse to the Capitol.
On January 5, Jones and Stone delivered addresses to Trump supporters, asking them to reject the election results.
“I don’t know how this is all going to end, but if they want to fight, they better believe they’ve got one,” Jones told a crowd at Freedom Plaza in Washington the night before the attack, as PBS detailed.
Jones aided in securing financing for the Jan. 6 demonstration Jones has said that he attempted to de-escalate the conflict and prevent individuals from bursting into the Capitol, according to the Journal.
The committee’s demand is only the latest in a string of legal troubles for Jones. In a case filed by parents of children slain in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012, a judge last week held him guilty for slander. Pages affiliated with Jones and his Infowars program have also been deleted from Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube for breaking the sites’ community rules.
Meanwhile, Stone gathered funds for “private security” on January 5 and 6, and urged on anyone attending a Jan. 5 event to join a “epic fight,” according to Mother Jones. He has since justified his remarks from that day.
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A group of Capitol Police officers sued him and a number of other defendants, including Trump, in August, claiming civil rights violations. Stone was charged in the complaint of actively engaging in “Trump’s strategy to disseminate false claims of election fraud” and of popularizing the #StopTheSteal hashtag. On September 15, when Stone was on a talk radio program, a process server served him with the complaint.
“This is a big, big stack of papers, which is good because we’re out of toilet paper today,” Stone stated.
He later called the suit “baseless, groundless, and unsubstantiated.”
Stone said in a statement that he had not yet been served by the committee and had not seen the specifics of the material sought, but that he would decide his next steps after studying the requests with his counsel.
“I have said time and time again that I had no advance knowledge of the events that took place at the Capitol on that day,” he said. “Any statement, claim, insinuation, or report alleging, or even implying, that I had any involvement in or knowledge, whether advance or contemporaneous, about the commission of any unlawful acts by any person or group in or around the U.S. Capitol or anywhere in Washington, D.C. on January 6, 2021, is categorically false.”
The committee also subpoenaed Budowich, Trump’s spokeswoman, who has handled media queries concerning the Jan. 6 investigation for the former president. Budowich formerly served as the executive director of the Tea Party Express. He also oversaw the Save the United States Senate super PAC, which attempted to assist Republicans win the 2020 Georgia Senate run-off elections. Republicans barely lost both contests, delivering Democrats control of the Senate.