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January 6 committee subpoenas ‘America First’ leaders

The House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol on Wednesday subpoenaed the two leaders of the alt-right “America First” or “Groyper” movement.

Chairman of the committee Bennie ThompsonBennie Gordon ThompsonJan. 6 phone records of subpoenas associated with Eric Trump, Kimberly Guilfoyle: Jan. 6 subpoena report Rudy Giuliani, Sidney Powell Trump’s Supreme Court attorneys: Jan. 6 panel ‘will not be harmed by delay ” MORE (D-Miss.) said in a statement that the panel believes Nicola Fuentes and Patrick Casey have information relevant to the planning, coordination and financing of events that took place before the January attack.

“The Select Committee is seeking facts about the planning, coordination and financing of the events leading up to the violent attack on our democracy. We believe the individuals we have subpoenaed today have relevant information on these matters, and we expect them to cooperate with the committee,” Thompson said in a statement.

“The committee will continue to move forward to get answers for the American people and help ensure that nothing like January 6 happens again,” he added.

Fuentes and Casey are both prominent far-right figures who in the past have touted misrepresentations regarding the 2020 presidential election and called for the destruction of the GOP once it failed to cancel the vote count. The Anti-Defamation League has labeled Fuentes as a white supremacist leader, and the FBI has called Casey a white supremacist.

Both men were on the Capitol grounds on Jan. 6, 2021, according to the select committee. The panel said it does not appear Fuentes entered the building, but did not provide additional information about Casey’s movements.

The committee is now asking that the couple produce documents by February 2 and appear for depositions by February 9. Thompson noted in the subpoenas that both individuals had previously declined panel requests to voluntarily participate in the investigation.

In its subpoena, the panel described a number of instances where Fuentes “advanced efforts to challenge the legitimacy of the 2020 presidential election.”

On Nov. 11, 2020, the committee said Fuentes held a “Stop the Steal” rally at the Michigan State Capitol, where he said conservatives should be “wilder” in their efforts to reverse the election results.

On November 14, 2020, Fuentes reportedly attended a rally with his supporters where he encouraged them to “storm every state capitol until January 20, 2021, until President TrumpDonald TrumpKinzinger Welcomes Baby Boy Tennessee Legislator Introduces Self-Defense Bill In ‘Honor’ Of Kyle Rittenhouse Five Things To Know About New York AG’s Lawsuit Against Trump MORE is inaugurated for four more years.

The day after the riot, Fuentes reportedly wrote on Twitter “The Capitol siege was awesome and I’m not going to pretend it wasn’t.”

Thompson also detailed Casey’s past comments, including on Nov. 14, 2020, when he allegedly pushed “Stop the Steal” voter fraud theories and called on then-President Trump to rule for life. As the riot unfolded at the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2020, Casey reportedly tweeted, “It’s happening.”

The committee also appears to be tracking the money involved in the Jan. 6, 2021, attack. Thompson said Fuentes allegedly received a Bitcoin donation worth more than $250,000 that the FBI is reviewing “to assess whether the money was related to the attack on the Capitol or otherwise used to finance illegal acts”.

In his subpoena to Casey, Thompson said the “America First” frontman allegedly received around $25,000 worth of Bitcoin from a French computer programmer, the same donor who funneled funds to Fuentes.

Casey made headlines in June when news broke that he was set to host a fundraiser with Rep. Paul GosarPaul Anthony GosarLegislators are increasingly under threat — sometimes from each other McCarthy says he’ll strip Democrats of committee seats if the GOP wins the House Should we enlarge the House of Representatives? The founders thought so MORE (R-Arizona)

The requests for documents and a deposition come a day after the Board of Inquiry subpoenaed former President Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani and three other campaign lawyers linked to efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.

The new wave of subpoenas comes nearly two weeks after the first anniversary of the deadly attack. representing Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerKinzinger welcomes baby boy Clyburn says he fears losing House, ‘losing this democracy’ The fate of the 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump MORE (R-Ill.) Earlier this month, he said if the panel stopped its investigation that day, it would be able to release a “powerful and substantial narrative.” Kinzinger is one of two GOP lawmakers on the panel.

The committee interviewed more than 300 people and issued more than 60 subpoenas, according to CNN. Kinzinger earlier this month, however, said, “We still have more information, obviously we want to get.”

Updated at 8:02 p.m.