U.S. House Jan. 6 Committee Subpoenas Leaders of Far-Right ‘America First’ Movement

The United States House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot issued on Jan. 19 subpoenas to two leaders of far-right “America First” or “Groyper” movement.

The Committee issued a pair of subpoenas to white nationalists Nicholas J. Fuentes and Patrick Casey, alleging they promoted false claims about the 2020 election and that they attended the Capitol insurrection.

In separate letters sent to the two individuals, the Committee said that Fuentes and Casey went to the Capitol on Jan. 6, but they did not enter the building.

Instead, Fuentes and Casey called on their supporters “to continue occupying the Capitol until the election results were overturned.”

A day after the riot, Fuentes posted on Twitter that the riot was “awesome and I’m not going to pretend it wasn’t.”

The Committee also noted the rallies Fuentes and Casey attended before the insurrection, including the Million MAGA March on Nov. 14, 2020 and the “Stop the Steal” rallies on Dec. 12, 2020 — both of which were in Washington, D.C.

Both Fuentes and Casey went to the Capitol on Jan. 6 but did not enter the building, according to the Committee.

The Committee further noted that the Federal Bureau of Investigation has reportedly scrutinizing Fuentes and Casey over Bitcoin payments they received from a French computer programmer in the weeks before the riot.

Reportedly, Fuentes received over $250,000 while Casey received $25,000.

The Committee gave the two individuals until Feb. 2 to produce relevant documents and demanded them to appear for a deposition on Feb. 9.

Last November, Fuentes and Casey declined to testify and submit documents voluntarily as part of the Committee’s investigation.

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