The commission subpoenaed the First Amendment Magistrate, a group set up in 2020 to recruit veterans and former police officers to provide security at right-wing events.
Lawmakers have also subpoenaed the Oath Keepers and the Proud Boys, extremist organizations with dozens of members facing criminal charges related to January 6. The panel said these subpoenas could shed light on how pro-Trump groups planned the violence that day.
Here’s what we know about the 1st Amendment Praetor and its ties to January 6.
Like many paramilitary groups, they recruit former US military personnel, retired law enforcement officers, and former members of the intelligence community. Their website says their members must attend monthly training sessions.
The organization did not respond to CNN’s request for comment Wednesday on the subpoena.
To date, no one linked to the First Amendment magistrate has been charged by the Justice Department in connection with the attack on the US Capitol, according to CNN’s analysis of court records.
Who is the group leader?
“Today is the day the real battles begin,” Lewis tweeted at 2:18pm on January 6, after the first wave of riots hit the Capitol, televised live on national television. family.
Hours later, the group’s Twitter account posted: “The cost of Truth is Pain. The greater the Truth, the greater the potential pain.” Protesters were still in the building at the time of this tweet.
Lewis did not respond to a request for comment on Wednesday.
How are they tied to January 6?
“I’m willing to get up here and go into danger if we need to, if we need to be there, to make sure we don’t give in to this country, and for my children to grow up in a wonderful place,” Lewis said. Communist hell”. “And I need each of you to fight as hard as you can to make sure that doesn’t happen.”
What does the committee want?
The subpoena requires Lewis to file the documents by December 7. The public version of the letter does not say what specific documents are being requested. The letter refers to the fact that Lewis has previously said that his members wear body cameras while ensuring security.
The subpoena also requires Lewis to appear for closing on December 16. It is unclear how Lewis will respond or whether he will appear to answer the panel’s questions.
The 1st Amendment magistrate provided security at events “amplifying the former President’s disproportionate claim that the election was stolen,” Thompson said in a statement, adding that the group “suggests that violence is imminent” in a Twitter post two days before January 6.