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Capitol riot committee issues subpoenas to leaders of Proud Boys and Oath Keepers

FILE – In this Jan. 6, 2021, file photo insurrectionists loyal to President Donald Trump breach the Capitol in Washington. Prosecutors secured the first guilty plea in the major case brought against members of the Oath Keepers extremist group in the attack on the U.S. Capitol, while an Indiana woman who became first person to be sentenced for the Jan. 6 riot avoided time behind bars. (AP Photo/John Minchillo) John Minchillo/AP

Capitol riot committee issues subpoenas to leaders of Proud Boys and Oath Keepers

Asher Notheis November 23, 05:44 PMNovember 23, 05:44 PM

The House Jan. 6 committee issued five more subpoenas to leaders of far-right groups that the panel has linked to the Capitol riot.

The Proud Boys and Oath Keepers, members of which have been indicted in connection to the siege of Congress, were singled out in this latest wave. Henry “Enrique” Tarrio, chairman of the Proud Boys on Jan. 6, Elmer Stewart Rhodes, president of the Oath Keepers, and Robert Patrick Lewis, chairman of 1st Amendment Praetorian, were all named by the committee, which is seeking documents and testimony.

“We believe the individuals and organizations we subpoenaed today have relevant information about how violence erupted at the Capitol and the preparation leading up to this violent attack,” Chairman Bennie Thompson said in a statement. “The Select Committee is moving swiftly to uncover the facts of what happened on that day and we expect every witness to comply with the law and cooperate so we can get answers to the American people.”


Members of the Proud Boys called for violence leading up to Jan. 6 and repeatedly spread former President Donald Trump’s claim that the 2020 election was stolen, according to the panel.

While Tarrio was not allowed to enter Washington, D.C., the day the riot occurred, he was allegedly involved in the group’s preparation for the events at the Capitol.

Individuals associated with the Oath Keepers organization were also involved in planning and participating in the Capitol riot, the panel said in a statement.

Rhodes repeatedly suggested the group should engage in violence to ensure Trump’s victory in the election, the committee said. On the day of the riot, Rhodes was allegedly in contact with several of the group’s members before, during, and after the riot, including meeting some of them outside the Capitol.

1st Amendment Praetorian’s Twitter account suggested on Jan. 4 that violence was imminent.

On Jan. 6, Lewis tweeted, “Today is the day the true battles begin.” Lewis claimed on Jan. 7 he was involved in “war-gaming” to continue efforts to overturn the election results.

The five subpoenas issued by the committee come a day after it issued five subpoenas to allies of Trump, including Roger Stone, Alex Jones, Dustin Stockton, his fiance Jennifer Lawrence, and Taylor Budowich.

Dozens of others have been subpoenaed, and more than 150 people have been interviewed, according to members of the Jan. 6 committee.


One of them, Trump ally Steve Bannon, was indicted by a federal grand jury for defying his subpoena. He surrendered to authorities and pleaded not guilty to both counts of criminal contempt of Congress.

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