The panel also subpoenaed Robert Patrick Lewis, chairman of the First Amendment Magistrate, a group the committee said provided security at “multiple protests that lasted until January 6.”
“We believe that the individuals and organizations that we are subpoenaing today have relevant information about how violence broke out on the Capitol and the preparation that led to this violent attack,” Rep. Thompson, a Mississippi Democrat who chairs the committee, said in a statement.
Right-wing extremists played a major role in the January 6 attack on the Capitol. Proud Boys leaders were involved in some of the initial clashes that overwhelmed the police lines and broke into the building. Members of the Keepers of the Oath were seen making their way through the crowd in military formations and into Rotunda. They were also charged with hiding weapons at a hotel in Virginia prior to the riot.
Dozens of members of these far-right groups are now facing serious criminal charges in connection with the January 6 riots, and judges have deemed many of them too dangerous to release. pending trial.
But so far, Democrats have not been able to directly connect Trump to the violence these groups perpetuate on Capitol Hill. There are numerous connections between Trump associates and members of these groups, but there is little evidence that Trump is aware of any plans to grossly disrupt Congress.
But other Trump allies followed Trump’s directive to ignore the investigation.
Trump ally Steve Bannon has been charged with contempt of Congress after defying a panel subpoena for records and testimony. (He pleaded not guilty.) Former Justice Department official Jeffrey Clark, who played a key role in the Trump coup plot, appeared to be ousted earlier this month but prompted the committee to protest by declined to answer questions, claiming that the material is privileged.
Proud Boys’ lawyer replied
An attorney affiliated with Proud Boys International LLC said Tuesday he plans to provide some already-publicized documents about the formation of the group and the statutes to the House of Representatives. But he may not have the Proud Boys records that say some of the things the committee wants, such as documentation of their activities late last year and around January 6. The attorney and former chairman. Proud Boys, Jason Van Dyke, said some of the material he has about the group, he will also try to defend under attorney-client privilege.
Van Dyke received a subpoena from the commission, he said, but has had no ties to the group since November 2018.
“It’s become a defunct entity since then. They’re wasting their time,” Van Dyke told CNN. “They’ll have to get it from Tarrio.”
The committee acknowledged that Proud Boys International had dissolved earlier this year.
Attorneys for Tarrio and Rhodes did not respond to requests for comment.
A spokesman for the DC Department of Corrections, where Tarrio is still incarcerated, did not respond to several requests from CNN about whether the prison would allow detainees to speak to the House Select Committee. . Tarrio will be in jail in the new year.
This story was updated with additional developments on Tuesday.
CNN’s Katelyn Polantz contributed to this report.