The House January 6 committee on Monday issued subpoenas to longtime Trump adviser Roger Stone and Infowars founder Alex Jones, The New York Times reports.
The committee, which has already interviewed more than 200 witnesses, is looking at the details of the planning for the rally that preceded the deadly Capitol riot.
“We need to know who organized, planned, paid for and received funds related to those events, as well as what communications organizers had with officials in the White House and Congress,” said committee Chairman Bennie Thompson.
The panel also subpoenaed Dustin Stockton and his fiancée Jennifer Lawrence, who helped organize a series of “stop the steal” rallies.
Stockton had expressed concern about “possible danger” from the march to the Capitol and those concerns were relayed to then-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows.
Stockton and Lawrence are close to longtime Trump strategist Steve Bannon and worked at Breitbart and his non-profit.
The committee also subpoenaed Trump spokesman Taylor Budowich, who repeatedly solicited promotion for the pre-riot rally.
Stone under scrutiny:
Stone attended rallies on January 5 and January 6 and raised money for security through a “stop the steal” website.
He was seen surrounded by members of the Oath Keepers, members of which have been charged in the attack.
Stone told the Times that he had not yet been served and denied any role in the violence.
“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,” he said.
Jones’ role in question:
Jones helped organize the rally at the Ellipse before the riot, raising money to provide what he described as “80 percent” of the funding for the event.
Jones has said that he was told by White House officials to lead a march to the Capitol, where he was told Trump would speak.
Stone and Jones met with a group of Trump allies at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel a day before the riot, where Stone was photographed with former Trump adviser Michael Flynn.
Stone said on social media that he had decided against a plan to “lead a march” from the Ellipse to the Capitol.
“The White House told me three days before, ‘We’re going to have you lead the march,’” Jones said on his show the day after the riot. “Trump will tell people, ‘Go, and I’m going to meet you at the Capitol.’”