WASHINGTON – A committee investigating the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol insurrection issued subpoenas Monday to five more individuals, including former President Donald Trump's ally Roger Stone and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, as lawmakers deepened their probe of the rallies that preceded the deadly attack.
The subpoenas include demands for documents and testimony from Stone and Jones as well as three people accused of organizing and promoting the two rallies that took place on Jan. 6.
The subpoenas issued Monday are the latest in a wide net the House panel has cast in an effort to investigate the deadly day when a group of Trump's supporters, fueled by his false claims of a stolen election, brutally assaulted police and smashed their way into the Capitol to interrupt the certification of Democrat Joe Biden's victory.
The committee has interviewed more than 150 people across government, social media and law enforcement, including some former Trump aides who have been cooperative. The panel has subpoenaed more than 20 witnesses, and most of them, including several associates who helped plan the massive “Stop the Steal” rally the morning of Jan. 6, have signaled they will cooperate.
Stone was convicted in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation of lying to Congress about his efforts to gather inside information about Russia-hacked Democratic emails that were published by WikiLeaks in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election. He was subsequently pardoned by Trump.
The House subpoena notes that Stone spoke at rallies on the day before the Capitol insurrection and used members of a far-right group, the Oath Keepers, as personal security guards while he was in Washington.
In a statement, Stone said he has yet to see the details of the subpoena but called any allegation of his involvement on that day as “categorically false.”
“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,” the conservative provocateur said.
The House panel also wants to hear from Jones, with Thompson saying that the conspiracy theorist and talk-show host helped organize the Jan. 6 rally at the Ellipse before the insurrection. The letter from Thompson says that Jones repeatedly promoted Trump's claims of election fraud, urged his listeners to come to Washington for the rally and marched from the Ellipse to the Capitol.
A lawyer who has represented Jones previously did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The other three subpoenas were issued to Dustin Stockton, Jennifer Lawrence and Taylor Budowich for their alleged involvement in the promotion and organization of the series of rallies following the 2020 presidential election that promoted false information regarding the election results, including the Ellipse rally that preceded the violent attack on the Capitol.
Stockton and Lawrence were key leaders of the “Stop the Steal” movement after the election and helped organize the rally that preceded the attack on the Capitol. The couple said they planned to testify and would turn over documents requested by the committee. Both have disavowed the violence.
“We were shocked and horrified by what happened on the 6th,” Lawrence told The Associated Press on Monday.
Budowich, who now serves as Trump's chief spokesperson, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.