Nicholas J. Fuentes and Patrick Casey are affiliated with the far-right groups “America First” and “Gropper”.
The panel highlighted in its letter to both individuals that Fuentes and Casey allegedly received bitcoin donations that are being investigated by the FBI to determine whether the funds were linked to the Capital attack. . The committee cites that Fuentes received over $250,000 in a large bitcoin donation and that Casey received approximately $25,000 worth of bitcoin from a French computer programmer.
Committee Chairman Benny Thompson, a Democratic congressman from Mississippi, said in a statement issuing the summons, “The Select Committee is looking for facts about the planning, coordination and funding of events prior to the violent attack on our democracy. ” “We believe that the individuals we summoned today have information relevant to those questions, and we look forward to cooperating with the Committee. The Committee will continue to move forward to find answers for the American people.” And it will help ensure that nothing like January 6th happens again.”
Fuentes and Casey are being sent after the summons panel said the two men had voluntarily refused to cooperate in November.
In its letter to Fuentes, the committee noted that he had “repeatedly advanced attempts to challenge the legitimacy of the 2020 election”, citing his role in organizing the “Stop the Steel” rally at the Michigan State Capitol. , where he told the crowd that conservatives should be “more wild” in their strategy. It also references a “Stop the Steel” rally in November 2020, where Fuentes appeared alongside special speakers such as conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and organizer Ali Alexander.
“On January 6, 2021, you rallied with your followers outside the Capitol. You called on your followers to continue occupying the Capitol until the election results are reversed, and have a ‘great day’ on your Twitter Announcement is made,” the committee adds to itself. Letter to Fuentes.
In its letter to Casey, the committee also mentions Fuentes, noting that he did not enter the US Capitol on January 6, but stood outside, urging his followers to continue the capture.
The panel writes to Casey, “According to an email from your attorney, you were also present outside the building at Capitol Ground on January 6th.” “As the Capitol attack began, you wrote on Telegram at 2:30 pm, ‘This is happening,'” it notes.
This story has been updated with additional development on Wednesday.