The House committee is investigating the violent January 6 Capitol uprising, with its latest round, involving former President Donald Trump, his campaign and planning a White House rally – billed as a grassroots demonstration. – Which happened before the riots.
The 11 summonses sent this week went to those who organized or worked at the rally in Ellipse, where Trump encouraged the crowd to march to the Capitol and told them “You can’t help our country with the weakness you’ve ever had.” Will not take back. You have to show strength, and you have to be strong.”
Most of the organizers worked in Trump’s presidential campaign or his administration and could provide new details of how the rally that started the violent attack came together.
The committee’s demands included material related to planning, funding and participation in events in the Ellipse, which were held in protest against the results of the November elections, as well as events that involved bus travel and marches. Was. Washington in November and December. The committee said it also asked for communications with Trump administration officials and lawmakers to show whether government officials were involved in the day’s planning.
One of the people summoned, whose firm was hired that day to provide incident security, told the Associated Press that he planned to cooperate.
“We have every intention of complying with the House Select Committee,” said Lyndon Brentnall, who runs Florida-based RMS Protective Services. “As far as we are concerned, we ran security in a legally permitted program in conjunction with the US Secret Service and the Park Police.”
It was unclear whether the others would turn over the documents by October 13 or testify in statements scheduled from late October to early November, as demanded by the committee. The AP sent emails and text messages, called phone listings, or messages to online accounts for each person, but only Brenton provided comment.
Brentnall said that the Secret Service and Park Police had investigated the security staff working with him at the event. They said their names, phone numbers and social security numbers had already been submitted.
“We literally drove security and VIP transportation from the hotel to the event, and then from the event to the hotel. That’s exactly what we did,” he told the AP.
Two people familiar with the event’s plan told the AP that the White House coordinated with the event’s organizers after Trump learned of the rally’s plan in mid-December. He was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.
Almost everyone listed on the permit for the event was issued to Women for America First, a pro-Trump group rooted in the Tea Party movement. Three people currently or previously involved with the group were summoned: Amy Kramer, her daughter, Kylie Jane Kramer and Cindy Chafian.
Chafian obtained a permit from Women for America First on December 12 for a rally at Freedom Plaza that caught Trump’s attention. Trump erupts into cheers from the crowd below as he passes over the rally of Marine One, the presidential helicopter, on the way to an Army-Navy football game in New York.
Within days, several groups that had come together under the umbrella of “Stop the Steel” began to plan their next move, this time tied with the January 6 vote certification in Congress, founding Moms for America. According to Kimberly Fletcher, a member of the Coalition. Fletcher told the AP in January that the groups began planning in mid-December. Trump soon caught wind of the plan.
“Big protest in DC on January 6th,” Trump tweeted to his millions of followers on December 19th. “Stay there, it’ll be wild!”
“When the president said, ‘Come to DC,’ it’s… just wow!” Fletcher called the AP back in January. The AP reported at the time that many of the people listed in staff positions on permits for the January 6 rally were on the Trump campaign payroll or had close ties to the White House. Seven of those summoned had worked for the Trump campaign, and at least three had previously worked in the Trump administration.
As Trump’s interest in the January 6 event grew, people closely associated with his presidential campaign joined in, including Carolyn Wren, a national finance adviser to Trump Victory, Trump’s reelection campaign, and a joint fundraising organization run by the RNC. Included. Wren is among those named by the committee.
He and his Texas-based consulting company, Bluebonnet Fundraising, received $892,000 between April 2017 and November 2020 from the Trump presidential campaign, the Republican National Committee, and Trump Victory, according to Federal Election Commission records.
The former president was not on the original rally schedule, but soon after New Year’s Day, it became clear that he would attend in person, recalled those involved in organizing the events on January 5 and 6, including Fletcher.
With Trump sure to be the keynote speaker who will share the stage with him, according to persons familiar with the discussion, heated debate broke out between the organizers of the rally and those close to the White House. He was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.
Katrina Pearson, a longtime Trump ally and presidential campaign adviser, was bought into coordinating with the White House and preparing a list of speakers who would share the stage with Trump. The former president wanted a smaller group – members of Congress, family members and people associated with Women for America First. Pearson was close to Kramers, who was battling with Wren for control of the incident.
Pearson is one of two people summoned this week who were not listed in the final permits issued on January 5. The second was Chafian. FEC records show that the Trump campaign paid Pearson $10,000 every two weeks from September 2019 to December 2020.
Others who were summoned include Maggie Mulvaney, niece of former top Trump aide Mick Mulvaney. He was listed on the annex to the permit as a “VIP Lead”. Mulvaney was director of finance operations for the Trump campaign in 2020, paying him $5,000 every two weeks until mid-November. His LinkedIn profile describes him as the manager of external affairs for the Trump campaign.
According to a staff directory on Congresswoman’s website, Maggie Mulvaney is now Rep. Carol Miller, RW.Va. She is also working as a Senior Consultant to The AP called Mulvaney’s congressional office and sent emails to his personal and congressional email addresses, but he did not respond.
Mulvaney is one of at least two rally organizers who took a job in the US House of Representatives within weeks of the deadly attack that ransacked halls and offices of Congress. Another, Kiran Menon, who was listed as an operations aide at the January 6 rally, was on the Trump campaign payroll from July to November 2020. Menon is not among those named by the committee. According to congressional directories and LinkedIn, Menon secured a position with Ohio Republican Representative Jim Jordan in February.
Menon sent a request for comment to Jordan’s spokesman, Russell Dye, who called him “a talented and dedicated member of our staff” who had no role in the events at the Capitol and an “outstanding youth conservative.” Dye said in a statement that it was irresponsible and dangerous for the AP to name Menon.
Hannah Salem Stone and Megan Powers were also summoned this week, both of whom served in the Trump administration and served at various points on the Trump campaign. Stone was Rally’s “Operations Manager for Logistics and Communications”, listed under the name “Hannah Salem”. She said on a recent podcast about event security that she was a special assistant to the president and director of press advances at the White House under Trump, leaving in February 2020. FEC records show that he and his company, Salem Strategies, worked. Trump campaign in 2020.
Powers first began working for the Trump campaign before Trump announced the presidential race in June 2015. He later worked at the White House and NASA. In January 2021, Powers was the Trump campaign’s director of operations, according to his LinkedIn profile, and FEC records show Powers was being paid $8,500 every two weeks. He was listed on the permit for the January 6 rally as “Operations Manager for Scheduling and Guidance”. In February, several months after Trump lost the 2020 election to President Joe Biden, the Trump supporter Make America Great Again PAC paid more than $19,000 for administrative consultations, according to campaign finance records.
Two people involved in management and production company Event Strategies were also summoned: Tim Younes, the firm’s founder and president, and Justin Caporell, formerly a top aide to First Lady Melania Trump.
Caporell, listed on the permit as the event’s project manager, was on the Trump campaign payroll for most of 2020 and earned $7,500 every two weeks, according to FEC records. According to the permit paperwork, Yunus was the “stage manager” for the rally.
Younes has a longtime relationship with Trump, a connection he highlights on his company’s website. According to campaign finance records, more than $3.4 million was paid to Younes and Event Strategies by the Trump campaign, Trump Victory and the Republican National Committee for consulting, audio visual and event production services between January 2016 and December 2020.
Smith reported from Providence, Rhode Island.