October 27, 2021
A bombshell report from Rolling Stone magazine alleges that organizers of the January 6 protests—which escalated to violence when Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol—met numerous times with White House staff and members of Congress to strategize in the days prior, Variety, a sister publication, reports.
At least three organizers of the Stop the Steal rally are speaking with the House panel investigating the riot, with one saying that Representative Paul Gosar (R-Arizona) even promised them a “blanket pardon” in advance.
“Our impression was that it was a done deal,” the organizer said. “That he’d spoken to the president about it in the Oval … in a meeting about pardons and that our names came up. They were working on submitting the paperwork and getting members of the House Freedom Caucus to sign on as a show of support.”
According to the organizers, the representatives woh eithert spoke with the organizers or sent high-level staffers to join also included Representatives Lauren Boebert (R-Colorado), Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Alabama), Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-North Carolina), Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Arizona) and Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas).
As for why these organizers are speaking to the House panel? “It’s so important is that—despite Republicans refusing to participate … this commission’s all we got as far as being able to uncover the truth about what happened at the Capitol that day. It’s clear that a lot of bad actors set out to cause chaos … They made us all look like sh*t.”
Research contact: @Variety