In the wake of Steve Bannon‘s accusation of refusing to comply with a congressional summons related to the Representatives’ inquiry into the January 6 riots, a number of Trumpworld celebrities have now found themselves in the committee’s crosshairs. On Monday, Parliament’s committee investigating the January 6 attack issued summonses to five people allied with Donald Trump, all of whom allegedly participated in or had knowledge of the planning, financing, or orchestration of the “Stop the Steal” meetings. The defendants include GOP operatives Roger Stone, right-wing extremist commentator Alex Jones, Trump spokesman Taylor Budowich, and a couple of pro-Trump organizers, Dustin Stockton and Jennifer Lawrence, responsible for gathering hundreds of thousands of members on a “Stop the Steal” Facebook group.
In a Monday statement, the rep said. Bennie Thompson, a Mississippi Democrat who chairs the select committee wrote that “the select committee is seeking information about the rallies and the ensuing march to the Capitol, which escalated into a violent mob that attacked the Capitol and threatened our democracy. We need to know who organized, planned, paid for, and received funds related to these events, as well as what communications organizers had with White House and Congress officials. “
Budowich, whose current title is communications director for Trump’s Save America PAC, has previously worked together Donald Trump Jr. and former Fox News host Kimberly Guilfoyle while serving as a senior adviser to the Trump 2020 campaign. In the committee’s summons, Budowich is accused of allegedly calling on “a 501 (c) (4) organization to carry out a social media and radio advertising campaign encouraging participation in the January 6, Ellipse meeting and making unsubstantiated claims about the outcome of It seems that Budowich’s connection to Guilfoyle may have sparked interest in the committee on January 6, when she claimed to have raised $ 3 million for the January 6 meeting that Trump spoke to in the hours leading up to it. to the Capitol riot.
According to a report by ProPublica, Guilfoyle dating Trump Jr. and worked as a fundraiser for the Trump Victory Committee, the claim, while two days before January 6, she boasted that she “raised so much money for this” in a series of texts. Messages. “Literally one of my 3 million donors,” Guilfoyle wrote, referring to the GOP megadonor Julie Jenkins Fancelli. In a statement to ProPublica, Guilfoyle’s lawyer, Joe Tacopina, claimed that his client’s text messages “did not relate to the ‘Save America’ rally” and were “inaccurate” and “taken out of context.” As for Guilfoyle’s own actions on January 6, she passionately addressed the crowd gathered to hear Trump and Trump Jr. “We will continue to stand for President Trump,” she said. “We will not allow the Liberals and Democrats to steal our dream or steal our election.
In a letter to Jones sent in conjunction with his subpoena, the select committee highlighted previous comments in which the Infowars host admitted to working with organizers of the January 6 convention by “facilitating a donor, now known as Julie” Fancelli, to give what [he] characterized as ‘eighty percent’ of [rally’s] financing. ” The committee also stated that while Jones asked participants “not to be violent,” he was still responsible for leading “a march to the Capitol where President Trump would meet the group.” Meanwhile, Stone, a self-described “dirty trickster”, responded to the subpoena news by insisting that he “had no prior knowledge of the events taking place at the Capitol that day.” Stone reportedly promoted his scheduled appearances at the DC conventions held Jan. 5 and 6 – while also being invited to lead “a march to the Capitol,” according to the committee – and asked supporters to donate to the stopthesteal website. org to help pay for security costs.
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