The January 6 selection committee has issued additional summons to the organizers of the “Stop the Steel” rally ahead of the Capitol riots, Chair Benny G. Thompson announced Thursday.
why it matters: With the support of then-President Trump, the “Stop the Steel” event was promoted to lead up to the deadly January 6 riots. Those in the rally marched to the US Capitol, where rioters violently ransacked the building, disrupting the counting of votes for the Electoral College.
description: The summons asks for the testimony and record of the statement from Ali Abdul Akbar, who has to be . also known as Ali Sikander, And Nathan Martin, which are linked to the permission applications for the “Stop the Steel” rally.
- As of January 6, Alexander “made repeated references to the potential use of violence to achieve the organization’s goals during Stop-the-Steel-sponsored events and claimed that he was in communication with members of the White House and Congress.” is planning to be in 2020 to coincide with the certification of the results of the Electoral College, according to a release from the committee.
- Summons also request records Stop Theft, LLC until 21 October.
- Martin and Alexander are to testify on October 28 and 29, respectively.
What are they saying: “The rally at Capitol grounds on January 6, like the rally near the White House that day, took place just before the violent attack on the seat of our democracy,” Thompson said in a statement.
- “During that day, the demonstrations turned into violence and the protesters became rioters,” he said.
- “The select committee needs to understand all the details about the events that happened prior to the attack, including who was involved in planning and funding them. We expect these witnesses to fully cooperate with our investigation.”
big picture: The committee issued summons to Trump confidants last week.
- According to a recent Senate report, Trump aides including Representative Scott Perry (R-PA), Pennsylvania State Sen. Doug Mastriano (R) and Trump campaign legal adviser Cleta Mitchell are in a campaign to pressure the DOJ to reverse the election. ran away. .