[ Editor’s Note: The Proud Boys, Oath Keepers and affiliates’ time has come to get subpoenas for the Insurrection riot and its planning. The Proud Boys were slick, working their way into the event as ‘unarmed security’ for those being investigated as planners of the event.
A delicate dance will begin on what we know they did from the video and photos, and then delving into their working closely on the big day with people like Roger Stone who hired them as private security.
That sets off alarm bells over why would Stone need private security when he was so close to Trump, with the Secret Service all around them in layers, plus the Capitol police?
Personally I would like to ask Roger why he felt he needed security at an event for diehard Trumpers? We had no reports of death threats to him on that day or before.
Might I suspect that Stone wanted trusted people he could deploy on critical missions, like passing messages to those tasked with breaching the Capitol, and like updates on whether the National Guard or other forces were on their way to reinforce the Capitol? The subpoenas might generate testimony where they perjure themselves so they can be charged.
We have had a lot of coverage about the planning of The Steal at the Willard Hotel, but not much on the nuts and bolts of how it would be accomplished while looking like the White House was just an innocent spectator.
Don’t forget that, while this is going on, the DoJ is rolling along on its own investigation, getting everything from the Jan 6 Committee, but holding the rest of what it knows until indictment time… Jim W. Dean ]
First published … November 23, 2021
The House committee issued subpoenas Tuesday to Proud Boys Chairman Enrique Tarrio and Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes, as well as both of the organizations they lead. It also subpoenaed a lower-profile far-right group, 1st Amendment Praetorian, along with its leader, Robert Patrick Lewis.
Committee Chair Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) said in a statement the panel sought information from those “reportedly involved with planning the attack, with the violent mob that stormed the Capitol on January 6th, or with efforts to overturn the results of the election,” and believed that the subpoenaed individuals and organizations had relevant information.
The Justice Department has already indicted dozens of members of the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers for participating in the Capitol siege and charged leaders of those groups with conspiring to stop Congress from certifying the 2020 election.
Those conspiracy cases are the most complex and significant that federal prosecutors have brought against the 700-plus defendants charged in connection with the Jan. 6 attack.
The Proud Boys is a far-right nationalist group that describes itself as a “pro-Western” organization.
…The federal judge presiding over the Oath Keepers case, Amit Mehta, recently said he believes Trump and his allies have been escaping accountability for stoking the attack with lies about the election while “pawns” who carried it out have been investigated and punished.
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