Jan. 6 Committee Homes In On Links Between Trump, Big Lie Rallies

The panel demanded records from six more organizers of Jan. 5 and 6 events protesting the certification of Biden's win.
People arrive for a rally of supporters of US President Donald Trump challenging the results of the 2020 US Presidential election on the Ellipse on January 6, 2021 in Washington, DC. - Joe Biden's Democratic Party t... People arrive for a rally of supporters of US President Donald Trump challenging the results of the 2020 US Presidential election on the Ellipse on January 6, 2021 in Washington, DC. - Joe Biden's Democratic Party took a giant step Wednesday towards seizing control of the US Senate as they won the first of two Georgia run-offs, hours before Congress was set to certify the president-elect's victory over Donald Trump. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP) (Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images) MORE LESS

The Jan. 6 Committee issued subpoenas on Friday to six more people who were involved in organizing rallies around the capital promoting the Big Lie.

The subpoenas went to a series of people who have lower profiles than some other recent subpoena recipients but who were deeply involved in staging events on Jan. 5 and 6 that called on Congress to prevent Biden from taking office.

Some of those subpoenaed spoke with former President Trump in the days leading up to the Capitol insurrection.

Brian Jack, Trump’s director of political affairs, reportedly asked members of Congress to speak at a Jan. 6 rally on the ellipse on Trump’s behalf.

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Two others who received subpoenas — Bobby Peede, Jr. and Max Miller — met with President Trump in his private White House dining room on Jan. 4 to discuss the rally.

Others who received subpoenas played roles in staging rallies in support of Trump’s effort to subvert the election. They include Ed Martin, a right-wing organizer who described to TPM on Jan. 5 why he thought Congress was well-placed to block Biden from taking office.

Bryan Lewis organized another rally near the Capitol on Jan. 6, saying in a permit cited by the Committee that he wanted the event to “urge congress to nullify electoral votes from states that made illegal changes to voting rules during their elections.”

Similarly, the panel subpoenaed Kimberly Fletcher and a group she runs called Moms for America.

Fletcher helped stage a Jan. 5 rally at Freedom Plaza, where speakers deemed too extreme for the Jan. 6 rally outside the White House were shunted. Fletcher, the subpoena says, was also in touch with Ali Alexander – the right-wing provocateur who testified before the Committee on Thursday.

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