By MARY CLARE JALONICK, ERIC TUCKER and JILL COLVIN, Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) – A House committee investigating the violent January 6 insurgency on Capitol Hill has assigned 11 officials who helped plan rallies in support of former President Donald Trump ahead of the attack, including the event massive on the day of the siege when the president told his supporters to “fight like hell”.
The announcement follows an initial round of summons last week that targeted former White House and administration officials who had contact with Trump before and during the insurgency.
The committee said in a statement Wednesday that the subpoenas are part of the panel’s efforts to gather information from the organizers “and their associated entities on the planning, organization and funding of these events.” In letters to those subpoenaed, Mississippi Representative Bennie Thompson demanded that officials provide documents to the panel by October 13 and appear in separate depositions the committee has scheduled from late October to early November.
Thompson cites in the letters the efforts of representatives of the Women for America First group to organize the rally on January 6 and to communicate collectively with senior White House officials. The subpoenas also mention other events the group planned in the weeks between Trump’s election defeat in November and the January attack.
The House committee of nine lawmakers – seven Democrats and two Republicans – has stepped up its investigation in recent weeks as it attempts to dissect the origins of the Trump supporter insurgency and find ways to prevent it from happening. does not happen again. Trump loyalists beat and wounded police as they made their way inside the building, destroyed property and sent lawmakers running for their lives. Repeating Trump’s lies about widespread voter fraud, they halted President Joe Biden’s certification of victory and deeply rocked those on Capitol Hill.
The list of subpoenas includes Amy Kremer, Founder and President of Women for America First; Kylie Kremer, Founder and Executive Director of Women for America First; Cynthia Chafian, an organizer who filed the first permit for the rally; Caroline Wren, who the committee said was on the permit documents for the Jan. 6 rally as a “VIP advisor”; and Maggie Mulvaney, who the panel said was on the license as a “VIP manager.”
Wren, a GOP fundraising veteran, was a national finance consultant for Trump Victory, a joint fundraising committee between the president’s re-election campaign and the Republican National Committee. The AP previously reported that Wren participated in at least one call ahead of the pro-Trump rally with members of several groups listed as participants in the rally to organize credentials for VIP attendees.
Amy Kremer, who the committee said was on the list of designated points of contact for the rally, denounced the assault in a January 6 statement and said it was triggered after the rally by a “handful bad actors, “while appearing to blame Democrats and news outlets for the riot. She is also the co-founder of the Women for Trump PAC and the former chair of the Tea Party Express.
Mulvaney, a niece of former Trump grand aide Mick Mulvaney, worked as the director of financial operations for the Trump campaign, according to his LinkedIn profile. Maggie Mulvaney retweeted several messages on Jan.6, including one from the president urging support for Capitol Police.
Former Trump campaign official Katrina Pierson was also subpoenaed, who the committee said was “apparently involved in organizing” the January 6 rally and a smaller one the day before. The panel said in its letter to Pierson that it was aware of reports that she had met Trump in the days leading up to the rally.
The other names on the list were involved in the management and production of the rally and took care of programming, operations and logistics. These individuals are Justin Caporale and Tim Unes of Event Strategies Inc., Megan Powers of MPowers Consulting LLC, Hannah Salem of Salem Strategies LLC and Lyndon Brentnall of RMS Protective Services.
Event Strategies says on its website that it has “played an important role in every US presidential campaign since its founding.” Caporale and Unes were on the Jan.6 permit document list as project manager and rally manager, according to the committee.
Powers, who served as director of operations for the 2020 campaign, worked as a White House and NASA press secretary, and was listed as one of two operations managers for the Jan.6 event. Salem, a former special assistant to the president and director of the White House press advance, was the rally’s “director of operations for logistics and communications”, according to the permit documents.
The panel said Brentnall was listed on the permit documents as an “on-site supervisor.” He is the owner of Florida-based RMS Protective Services, which promotes protection, investigation, monitoring and bug scans.
None of the summons recipients contacted by The Associated Press Wednesday night responded to requests for comment.
Numerous rioters who stormed the Capitol have walked up the National Mall from the rally as Trump spoke for over an hour and told the huge crowd to ‘fight like hell’ and cancel his defeat. He repeated his baseless claims of widespread electoral fraud, despite being refuted by election officials and courts across the country.
At the rally, Trump suggested that protesters march to Capitol Hill from the staging area near the White House to encourage GOP lawmakers to “step up” and reverse voters’ will to give him another term. Many did, and he was still talking as people started to rush into the building.
Trump’s re-election campaign said in January that he “did not organize, manage or fund the event” on January 6. the Trump campaign.
The January 6 House committee last week issued subpoenas to former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, former White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications Dan Scavino, to the former Defense Department official Kashyap Patel and former Trump adviser Steve Bannon. The four men are among Trump’s most loyal collaborators and some of them spoke to him or were with him that day.
Thompson wrote to the four people that the committee was investigating “the facts, circumstances and causes” of the attack and asked them to produce documents by October 7 and to appear during depositions in mid-October.
In July, the committee held a moving first hearing with four police officers who fought the insurgents and were injured and verbally assaulted when rioters broke into the building. They spoke about their persistent physical and mental injuries and described in detail how they were attacked by the rioters. An officer said he was called racist slurs while restraining the insurgents.
At least nine people there died during and after the riots, including a woman who was shot and killed by police as she attempted to break into the House bedroom and three other Trump supporters who have suffered medical emergencies. Two police officers died by suicide in the days immediately following, and a third officer, Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, collapsed and died after engaging with protesters. A medical examiner later determined that he had died of natural causes.
Metropolitan Police announced this summer that two other of their officers who responded to the insurgency, Officers Kyle DeFreytag and Gunther Hashida, had also died by suicide.
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