U.S. House Jan. 6 Select Committee Subpoenas Proud Boys, Oath Keepers

The United States House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot has issued five subpoenas on Nov. 23 to far-right groups, including Proud Boys and Oath Keepers.

The Committee issued a subpoena for members of Proud Boys who repeatedly promoted false claims of election fraud and suggested the use of force against police officers and government officials.

The Justice Department has indicted at least 34 individuals associated with the Proud Boys in relation to the Jan. 6 attack, the Committee noted.

The Committee also issued a subpoena for Proud Boys Chairman Henry “Enrique” Tarrio for allegedly being involved in the preparation for the Capitol attack, although he was arrested two days before the attack for burning a Black Lives Matter banner in December 2020.

The Committee also issued subpoenas for Oath Keepers and its president, Elmer Stewart Rhodes, who suggested the use of violence to ensure their preferred election result.

The Committee noted that a federal grand jury indicted 18 members of the Oath Keepers for allegedly planning to storm the Capitol with paramilitary gear and supplies.

The Committee also subpoenaed lower-profile  far-right group 1st Amendment Praetorian and its chairman, Robert Patrick Lewis, who claimed that he was involved in “war-gaming” to overturn the presidential results.

The Committee is demanding the groups and its leaders to produce documents by Dec. 7 and to appear for depositions between Dec. 14 to Dec. 16.

“The Select Committee is moving swiftly to uncover the facts of what happened on that day and we expect every witness to comply with the law and cooperate so we can get answers to the American people,” Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson said.


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