Tue. Dec 7th, 2021

ONE the number of Republican members of Congress mentioned in a Rolling Stone report as being involved in the planning of the details of rallies and election approval objections on the day of January 6 prior to the riots in the U.S. Capitol building, either in person or through top staff, is pushing back on or directly disproves the story.

“No one in my office, including me, participated in the planning of the convention or in any criminal activity on January 6. We did not attend or did not attend at all,” Texas Representative Louie Gohmert said in a statement Monday. However, I’m extremely interested in finding out who, in addition to the FBI agents, planned the events of January 6th. In order for a potential defamation case against those who make unfounded allegations of a crime, I need to know who these people are who claim I helped. “

A Rolling Stone report released Sunday, citing conversations with two anonymous sources, says that “several people associated with the March for Trump and Stop the Steal events” had “communicated with members of Congress throughout this process.”

Specifically, the story names reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene from Georgia, Paul Gosar from Arizona, Lauren Boebert from Colorado, Mo Brooks from Alabama, Madison Cawthorn from North Carolina, Andy Biggs from Arizona and Gohmert.

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“If you’re talking about someone attending meetings, setting the agenda, raising the money, then I know of nothing that suggests my employees do,” Brooks told the Montgomery Advertiser in an interview, pushing the report back. . on Monday.

Brooks also rejected part of the Rolling Stone report, which said he and Cawthorn spoke with then-President Donald Trump at the January 6 demonstration at the Ellipse outside the White House.

“There was a meeting in the White House about voter fraud and election theft,” Brooks said. “But I have no recollection of any kind of organizational activity regarding the speeches on January 6.”

Boebert also pushed back on the report.

“I had no role in the planning or execution of any event that took place at the Capitol or anywhere in Washington, DC on January 6,” Boebert said in a statement Monday. “With the help of my staff, I accepted an invitation to speak at an event, but in the end I did not speak at any events on January 6. Once again, the media serves as a messaging tool for the radical left.”

In comments to Rolling Stone, a spokeswoman for Greene said she “and her staff were focused on congressional election objections on the floor of the house and had nothing to do with [the] planning any protest. “

Many of the legislators’ connections to the planning of certain aspects of January 6, which were reported in the Rolling Stone story, were already publicly known. Members had announced that they planned to object to the certification of the election college’s results. Cawthorn and Brooks spoke at the Ellipse convention on January 6th.

Gosar spoke at a “Stop the Steal” rally organized by Alexander in Phoenix on December 19, 2020, and Biggs taped a recorded message that was played at that rally. ProPublica has previously reported that Gosar’s chief of staff Tom Van Flein said he was in “regular contact” with Alexander to object to the certification of the election result.

Gosar, Greene, and Boebert were all listed as “invited speakers” at a separate “Wild Protest” organized by Alexander to take place near the Capitol, although it is not clear that they accepted such an invitation.

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However, the Rolling Stone report revealed new information and made new allegations, including that members or their staff were involved in planning calls, although it did not specify in detail how they were involved in the planning.

The business reported that it obtained “documentary evidence” that its two anonymous organizer sources were in contact with Gosar and Boebert on January 6.

Its sources also claimed that Gosar hovered the idea that Trump should issue a general pardon “in an unrelated ongoing investigation to encourage them to plan the protests” and gave the impression that he had talked to Trump about the idea and tried to get support from Freedom Caucus for it.

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Tags: News, Congress, January 6, January 6 Commission, Mo Brooks, Lauren Boebert, Louie Gohmert, Rolling Stone

Original author: Emily Brooks

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