Organizers of the January 6 rally claim they got a general pardon from the Republican legislature for planning it
Two Donald Trump supporters, who had a hand in organizing rallies in Washington, DC on the day of the Capitol riots, claim they had help from several House Republicans and other members in the former president’s orbit, it alleged a new report on Sunday.
They are two of the people currently communicating with investigators on the House’s Jan. 6 committee, to provide them with potentially groundbreaking new information. rolling stone reported.
On condition of anonymity, the two rally planners told the outlet that they had regular to frequent contact with White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and Trump campaign aide Katrina Pierson.
The pair also detailed scathing allegations that a lawmaker, Arizona Representative Paul Gosar, had dangled the possibility of a pardon over an unrelated investigation in an attempt to coerce them into planning rallies.
The two house witnesses also claim to have attended “dozens” of briefings with members of Congress and their staff in the run-up to the January 6 riots.
“I remember talking to probably nearly a dozen other members or their staff at one point,” said one person, adding that pro-Trump Georgia freshman Republican Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene played a key role.
“I remember Marjorie Taylor Greene in particular.”
The new report contains allegations of two January 6 Trump rally organizers collaborating with the House committee investigating the riots
Also named in the report were representatives Lauren Boebert of Colorado, Mo Brooks of Alabama, Madison Cawthorn of North Carolina, Andy Biggs of Arizona and Louie Gohmert of Texas.
The sources claimed those representatives or their staffers were in contact with activists who were planting pro-Trump demonstrations across the country in the weeks before the riots.
One of them recalled talking back to back to Boebert, Cawthorn, and Gosar’s staff.
But it was only Gosar they said tried to arm them to plan pro-Trump events, by offering to intervene in a separate law enforcement investigation — but the deal never materialized.
Some of the most damning claims involve Rep. Paul Gosar, who, according to organizers, dangled an unrelated pardon over their heads to encourage them to plan their rallies
Gosar is one of the most outspoken Trump supporters in Congress. He was billed as a speaker for another Jan. 6 rally called the Wild Protest, whose organizer named Ali Alexander as one of three lawmakers who helped him plan “maximum pressure on Congress as they vote.” to certify the election results.
The other two were Biggs and Brooks.
One of the organizers said that Gosar made it appear as if “he talked about it with the president in the Oval … at a meeting on pardons and our names came out.”
“They were in the process of filing the paperwork and getting members of the House Freedom Caucus to sign up as a token of support.”
They added: “Our impression was that it was a foregone conclusion.”
The House Freedom Caucus is chaired by Biggs, one of the lawmakers accused in the report.
But the couple said Gosar had offered a “general pardon” on multiple occasions.
One time they claimed he said, “I was just going through the grace list and we just wanted to tell you how much we appreciate all the hard work you’ve done.”
The organizers expressed their disappointment that the dentist turned legislator never kept his promise.
“I would have done it anyway, with or without grace,” said one person. “I really believe in this country, but to use something like that and put that on the table when someone is so desperate is really not a good thing.”
In Sunday’s report, Rolling Stone noted that it had “obtained documentary evidence” to support claims that Gosar and Boebert had contact with them.
An earlier April report alleged that Gosar had asked Trump for a preemptive pardon for the events of January 6.
House Freedom Caucus Chair Rep. Andy Biggs and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene are among two of the lawmakers specifically named by the organizers
Gosar’s chief of staff, Thomas Van Flein, was among those subpoenaed by the House for documents and statements about the riot. The two sources allege that Val Flein was “personally involved” in the pardon, promoting baseless theories of electoral fraud.
The two Trump rally organizers say Mark Meadows, who was also subpoenaed by the House, could have prevented the violence that erupted that day.
“Meadows was 100 percent aware of what was going on,” a witness said. ‘He is also a permanent fixture in these very small groups of national organizers.’
He is one of four people “with close ties to the former president” the House bipartisan panel would like to hear, alongside Steve Bannon, former White House aide Dan Scavino and former Pentagon official Kash Patel.
Both people said they had raised concerns with Meadows about Ali Alexander’s planned Wild Protest at the Capitol, which they feared could lead to violence.
They claim Alexander has “plowed forward” with his event, despite “making a deal” not to.
“Eventually we escalated that to everyone we could, including Meadows,” said one person.
The report includes allegations from a “separate third-party source” working with the House committee, who said Trump rally organizer Kylie Kremer “bragged that she would meet Meadows at the White House prior to the rally.” .
The witnesses allege that Katrina Pierson, who worked for Trump’s 2016 and 2020 campaigns and also spoke at the Jan. 6 meeting, was a “primary” contact for those who also had the president’s ear.
They described Pierson as “our go-to girl.”
Former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and former Trump campaign aide Katrina Pierson are also reported to have communicated with rally organizers.
“She was like our primary advocate,” they said.
But the report’s most extensive allegations describe the alleged extent to which members of Congress communicated with pro-Trump activists prior to the uprising.
Between the election and certification, the two planners claim that members of Congress and their staff advised which meetings states should hold to “press” potentially “convincing” senators.
Despite the chaotic way the day went, organizers insist that “the Capitol was never in place” and that the demonstrations were solely intended to be outside the White House.
They said it was planned in a “variety of conversations” between them and Gosar, Greene and Brooks.
The Wild Protest, whose event website lists Gosar as the speaker, along with Greene, Boebert and Trump ally Roger Stone, was set to take place on the Capitol lawn.
Greene’s office told Rolling Stone, “Congressman Greene and her staff were focused on opposing the Congressional election on the House floor and had nothing to do with planning a protest.”
The two witnesses suggested it was pro-Trump activist Ali Alexander’s rally at the Capitol that sparked the violent uprising.
One of the organizers who spoke to the outlet said he wants to make their allegations public.
“I have no problem with testifying openly,” they said.
The other person said they want the House committee to “uncover the truth about what happened that day at the Capitol.”
“Obviously a lot of bad actors wanted to cause chaos,” the person lamented. “They made us all look like s**t.”
They claim that on January 6, when Trump asked for his support to march to the Capitol, their response was one of “let’s get out of here.”
That day, the ex-president encouraged his supporters to “fight like hell” and at one point said, “I know everyone here will soon be marching to the Capitol to make your voices heard peacefully and patriotically.”
Both witnesses also said they still support Trump but feel betrayed by him
They accused Democrats of using “tactics to disrupt their political opposition in ways that were frankly completely unacceptable,” including social media censorship and changes to voting requirements in light of the COVID pandemic.
About the ex-president they said: ‘I do feel a bit let down by Trump.’
“I’m actually quite pissed about it and I’m mad at him too,” the person said.