January 6 Committee Issues 5 New Subpoenas, Includes Roger Stone and Alex Jones

The House committee investigating the January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol issued five new subpoenas on Monday to allies of former President Donald Trump, including Republican political consultant Roger Stone and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones.

The committee stated it was subpoenaing the individuals for their knowledge or funding of rallies on January 5 and 6 in Washington D.C. as well as earlier events that led up to the "violent attack" on the U.S. Capitol.

"The Select Committee is seeking information about the rallies and subsequent march to the Capitol that escalated into a violent mob attacking the Capitol and threatening our democracy. We need to know who organized, planned, paid for, and received funds related to those events, as well as what communications organizers had with officials in the White House and Congress," Democratic Representative Bennie Thompson of Mississippi, the committee chair, said in a statement.

Stone was reportedly in D.C. in the days leading up to the attack, having spoken at an event on January 5 and was expected to speak the following day at the January 6 rally. According to the statement, Stone promoted his attendance through the website stopthesteal.org and used members of the Oath Keepers, one of whom has been indicted in connection to the Capitol Riot, for his personal security.

Jones is also accused of helping to organize the rally that turned violent and claimed to have facilitated the donation that provided "eight percent" of the event's funding. He's made statements that he was directed to lead a march from the rally to the Capitol and has repeatedly promoted unfounded reports of election fraud on his station.

Trump Supporters Hold "Stop The Steal" Rally
The House committee investigating the January 6 Capitol riot issued five new subpoenas on Monday to allies of former President Donald Trump, including Roger Stone and Alex Jones. Pictured: Pro-Trump supporters storm the U.S. Capitol following a rally with then-President Trump on January 6, 2021, in Washington, D.C. Samuel Corum/Getty Images

A number of other individuals involved with planning "Stop the Steal" rallies were issued subpoenas, including Dustin Stockton and his fiancée Jennifer Lawrence, who have ties to the "Stop the Steal" movement following the election. Stockton reportedly helped organize a number of rallies after the November 2020 election, which Lawrence allegedly helped plan, and he was an administrator of a Facebook group with hundreds of thousands of followers dedicated to the movement.

Stockton allegedly told White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows that he was concerned the January 6 rally at the Ellipse would lead to a march at the Capitol he "felt unsafe" about and believed could cause danger.

Trump's latest spokesperson Taylor Budowich, who also serves as the communications director for the Save America PAC and was the senior adviser for the Trump 2020 campaign, was also subpoenaed. The committee said that he, "reportedly solicited a 501c(4) organization to conduct a social media and radio advertising campaign encouraging attendance at the January 6th Ellipse rally and advancing unsupported claims about the result of the election."

Stone acknowledged he had been subpoenaed in a statement but said he had not yet been served and isn't sure what he'll be asked to provide.

"I have said time and time again that I had no advance knowledge of the events that took place at the Capitol on that day," he said in the statement, denying that any implication that he had any involvement or information about the January 6 riot. "After the subpoena is served and after my counsel reviews the requests, I will make the determination of how we will proceed."

The House select committee has issued around 40 subpoenas to people or organizations to investigate the circumstances and planning of the U.S. Capitol riot with a focus on the former president's role and how misinformation contributed to the attack.

Newsweek reached out to Jones for comment.