As Trump Officials Dodge Subpoenas, January 6 Committee Must Hear from RAGA Members
Watchdog: “Lawmakers cannot understand the full story of the January 6th insurrection attempt without hearing from key members of the Republican Attorneys General Association”
Washington, D.C. — In response to reports that the House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack has issued a new round of subpoenas for individuals connected to the deadly attack on the Capitol, government watchdog Accountable.US renewed its call for the committee to subpoena key members of the Republican Attorneys General Association (RAGA) and Rule of Law Defense Fund (RLDF) — many of whom played a key role in the rally that led to the attack on our democracy.
The latest wave of subpoenas follow reports this week that former top Trump administration officials and aides plan to dodge their subpoenas at the direction of the former president.
“Lawmakers cannot understand the full story of the January 6th insurrection attempt without hearing from key members of the Republican Attorneys General Association who have refused to answer for their whereabouts or participation in that horrific chapter in our nation’s history,” said Kyle Herrig, president of Accountable.US. “Attorneys General Alan Wilson and Steve Marshall have already shown that they don’t want to be held accountable for their roles in the deadly Capitol riot, so the select committee has a choice: subpoena these RAGA members, or risk failing to bring about justice and closure for the American people and our democracy.”
The committee’s latest subpoenas target Alexander and Nathan Martin, two leaders of the “Stop the Steal” group behind the rally that preceded the storming of the Capitol on January 6.
Accountable.US sent a letter in August to the January 6 committee imploring them to call on key members of the Republican Attorneys General Association (RAGA) and Rule of Law Defense Fund (RLDF) to testify regarding their role leading up to the deadly attack.
RAGA has a long history of undermining our democracy and inciting violence. The day before the insurrection, RLDF sent out robocalls with a message instructing individuals to march to the Capitol and “call on Congress to stop the steal.” To this day, Alabama Attorney General and RLDF Chair Steve Marshall still maintains that he doesn’t know who authorized and paid for the robocalls, and has failed to clarify his whereabouts leading up to and directly following the insurrection.
Leading up to the attack, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a frivolous lawsuit in an attempt to overturn the results of the election. Despite Paxton’s lack of evidence, 17 other attorneys general supported the case, including RLDF Chair Steve Marshall and South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson, who would later be named RAGA chairman. The lawsuit was tossed out by the Supreme Court for lack of standing. Paxton was also a headlining speaker at the rally that took place before violence erupted at the Capitol and told the crowd “we will not quit fighting.”
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