House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and other prominent progressives on Capitol Hill continue to seek retribution against former President Donald Trump and his allies — nearly a year after he left office.
A partisan House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, for example, recently issued another round of subpoenas targeting former Trump confidante Roger Stone and InfoWars host Alex Jones, among others.
“We need to know who”
The Democratic-led panel had demanded that Jones and Stone turn over relevant documents and provide testimony regarding allegations that they were involved in coordinating a rally held in D.C. on the day of the destructive protest and siege of the Capitol building.
In a statement affirming the committee’s intent, chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS) indicated that the information would be used to determine how the rally escalated into a violent mob.
“We need to know who organized, planned, paid for, and received funds related to those events, as well as what communications organizers had with officials in the White House and Congress,” he continued.
As Thompson went on to argue, the most recently subpoenaed individuals “have relevant information,” expressing optimism that they will ultimately comply.
For his part, Jones did not immediately provide a formal response to the subpoena. He did, however, suggest that he would likely invoke his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination if he is forced to testify.
“I had no advance knowledge”
Stone issued a statement noting that he had not yet been served with the subpoena and said that he would consult with his attorneys before determining what steps he might take next.
“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,” he said. “Any statement, claim, insinuation, or report alleging, or even implying, that I had any involvement in or knowledge, whether advance or contemporaneous, about the commission of any unlawful acts by any person or group in or around the U.S. Capitol or anywhere in Washington, D.C. on January 6, 2021, is categorically false.”
Among the others who were subpoenaed by the committee this week were Dustin Stockton and Jennifer Lawrence, who are engaged to be married and addressed the news in a joint statement.
They insisted that they had already been cooperating with the committee and were prepared to voluntarily testify when the subpoenas were handed down, which they portrayed as evidence that the committee was “not acting in good faith.”
Nevertheless, they professed a commitment to “transparency” regarding the Jan. 6 riot and said they “pray for the opportunity to share our experiences to the public without the taint of misinformation that has become customary.”