Proud Boys and Oath Keepers Subpoenaed for Role in January 6 Riot

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The House committee investigating the Capitol attack has issued subpoenas to three militia or paramilitary groups, including the Proud Boys and the Oath Keepers, that investigators believe have information about the deadly siege on Jan. 6, reports the New York Times. The subpoenas were issued to the Proud Boys International, L.L.C., and its chairman, Henry “Enrique” Tarrio; the Oath Keepers and its president, Elmer Stewart Rhodes; and the 1st Amendment Praetorian and its chairman, Robert Patrick Lewis.

The panel said members of Proud Boys International called for violence before Jan. 6, and the Justice Department indicted at least 34 people affiliated with the group. People associated with the Oath Keepers were similarly involved in planning and participating in the Capitol riot, including 18 members who were indicted by a federal grand jury for allegedly planning a coordinated attack to storm the building. The 1st Amendment Praetorian, a shadowy organization that appears to be largely made up of former intelligence officers and special forces operators, served as bodyguards to Michael T. Flynn, Mr. Trump’s former national security adviser, at rallies in Washington between the election and Jan. 6. The panel has issued 45 subpoenas and interviewed more than 200 witnesses as it investigates the violence.

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