FBI and Justice Department investigators are probing the doable affect of high-profile, excessive right-wing figures like longtime Donald Trump confidant Roger Stone and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones on the storming of the Capitol final month, The Washington Post reported.
Investigators are taking a look at how the affect could have fueled the violence — and whether or not that sway rises to legal culpability and fees, in keeping with the Post.
The examination reveals ongoing curiosity in people who “never set foot in the Capitol,” however could have performed an outsize function in what occurred by repeatedly pushing lies that will have helped incite the violence, the newspaper reported.
Videos and different data recommend that, within the days earlier than the Capitol assault, Stone was associating with males who stormed the constructing. That gave investigators a “window” to look at interactions and communications between Stone and the rioters, The New York Times reported.
“We are investigating potential ties between those physically involved in the attack on the Capitol and individuals who may have influenced them, such as Roger Stone, Alex Jones,” and “Stop the Steal” organizer Ali Alexander, a U.S. official instructed The Washington Post.
All three have relentlessly peddled Trump’s incendiary lies that the 2020 election was fraudulent and that he stays the official president.
In a Washington rally a month earlier than the storming of the Capitol, Stone, surrounded by members of the violent extremist Proud Boys, urged the gang to “never give up and fight for America” by overturning the democratic election. The evening earlier than the Capitol assault, Stone spoke at a Washington rally and known as the battle a battle between the “godly and the godless,” between “good and evil.”
The day of the assault, Stone frolicked with members of the extremist Oath Keepers militia before they stormed the Capitol.
Trump granted clemency to Stone and finally pardoned him final yr after he was convicted of seven felonies, together with mendacity in congressional testimony and witness tampering within the investigation into the Trump marketing campaign’s doable collusion with Russia within the 2016 election.
Alexander has boasted he got here up with the “Stop the Steal” idea and helped manage the Jan. 6 rally that drew Trump supporters to Washington that ended within the Capitol assault.
Jones claimed on his InfoWars program that he had been invited to “lead the march” to the Capitol, and that he paid almost $500,000 to help organize the “Stop the Steal” rally on the Ellipse close to the White House the day of the assault.
Jones’ legal professional Marc Randazza instructed the Post that Jones urged calm the day of the assault. Stone’s legal professional Grant Smith mentioned in a press release to the newspaper: “There is no evidence whatsoever that Roger Stone was involved in any way, or had advance knowledge about the shocking attack that took place at the U.S. Capitol” on Jan. 6.
Alexander didn’t reply to a request for remark from the newspaper.
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