Jan. 6 Panel Next Calls Roger Stone, Alex Jones

House committee focuses on planning and financing of pro-Trump rallies
By Bob Cronin,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 22, 2021 6:50 PM CST
Jan. 6 Panel Next Calls Roger Stone, Alex Jones
Alex Jones, left, attends the Jan. 6 rally in Washington in support of then-President Donald Trump.   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

The fresh batch of subpoenas being issued by a House committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot focuses on people involved in the rallies that preceded the attack on the Capitol. The group includes Roger Stone, a confidant of former President Donald Trump, and Alex Jones, who founded InfoWars, the Hill reports. Stone spoke at rallies on the day before the riot and used members of the Oath Keepers, a far-right group, as his security guards. Jones addressed rallies on both days and has claimed to have brought in a donation that helped pay for the event.

The panel said the subpoenas reflect its interest in finding out who planned and financed the "Stop the Steal" rallies and riot, per NPR. Three other people are being summoned to testify about the planning of the series of rallies that claimed the election results were fraudulent, per the AP: Dustin Stockton, Jennifer Lawrence, and Taylor Budowich. Stockton and Lawrence are a couple involved in conservative causes and connected to rally organizers, per the Washington Post, and Budowich is now Trump's chief spokesperson. Budowich solicited funding to promote the rallies.

"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," Stone said in a statement Monday. A lawyer for Jones did not immediately comment. The subpoenas seek documents and testimony from Stone and Jones by mid-December. The House panel has now issued 40 subpoenas in the case and heard from about 200 unidentified witnesses who appeared voluntarily. A committee hotline has received more than 200 tips, a member said. (More Capitol riot stories.)

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