WASHINGTON – The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol issued subpoenas Monday to more people involved with the Stop the Steal rally, including conspiracy theorist and right-wing media figure Alex Jones and longtime Donald Trump ally Roger Stone.
The committee has asked Stone and Jones to provide testimony by Dec. 17 and Dec. 18, respectively, and to provide the panel with requested documents by Dec. 6.
Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., wrote that Jones’s coordination with Cindy Chafian and Caroline Wren in organizing the rally that preceded the attack on the Capitol, along with his promotion of Trump’s false claims of election fraud and urging of people to travel to Washington for the Jan. 6 rally, make him a person of interest.
Thompson cites Stone’s appearance at rallies on Jan. 5 at the Supreme Court and Freedom Plaza as reason for the subpoena and his use of “Oath Keepers as personal security guards, several of whom were reportedly involved in the attack on the Capitol and at least one of whom has been indicted.”
The roles that the high-profile right-wing figures played in the Jan. 6 Capitol breach – and their potential ties to those who committed violence in the riot – are also being investigated by the Justice Department and the FBI. The investigation is ongoing.
Investigators have been working to determine whether Stone and Jones, the host of Infowars, should face potential criminal charges for influencing Capitol rioters through their networks and actions.
Stone, a longtime confidant of Trump, has also amplified the former president’s baseless claims that the 2020 election was illegitimate in the weeks leading up to the insurrection.
Records and documents previously reviewed by The Washington Post show that Jones and Stone have promoted extremist groups like the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers, and have ties to some individuals who have already been charged by the government with coordinating and planning certain parts of the breach.
The committee has also subpoenaed conservative activists Dustin Stockton and Jennifer Lawrence – a couple with ties to some of the rally organizers who have already been subpoenaed by the committee. The committee letters cite Stockton and Lawrence’s work with Women for America First in organizing rallies held after the November 2020 election “in support of then-President Trump and his allegations of election fraud, up through and including the rally held on the Ellipse in Washington, D.C. on January 6, 2021.”
Taylor Budowich, a current spokesperson for Trump, is also of interest to the committee and has been asked to produce documents and appear for a deposition Dec. 16. The committee cites Budowich’s efforts that included “directing to the 501(c) (4) organization approximately $200,000 from a source or sources that was not disclosed to the organization to pay for the advertising campaign” for the Jan. 6 rally.