Two people involved in the planning of the main rally preceding the Capitol riot on Jan. 6 said they will cooperate with the House committee investigating the chaos.
Political operatives Dustin Stockton and his fiance, Jennifer Lawrence, who were subpoenaed for documents and testimony by the panel last month, signaled they plan to speak out for the people who demonstrated peacefully after the November election and did not get caught up in the violence on Capitol Hill.
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“We have chosen to cooperate despite serious reservations about whether the Committee’s intention is on following the facts wherever they lead,” Stockton said in a text to the Nevada Independent. “It’s important to us that the hundreds of thousands of people who did not participate in any violence have their voice heard in the official proceedings.”
The subpoenas compelled Stockton and Lawrence to appear for depositions this week, which will follow the panel voting unanimously Monday to advance contempt proceedings against Mark Meadows, Trump's White House chief of staff on Jan. 6, who last week stopped cooperating with its investigation into the Capitol riot.
Stockton and Lawrence assisted Women for America First in planning rallies that took place after the 2020 election, including the Stop the Steal rally that took place on Jan. 6 on the Ellipse prior to the attack at the Capitol complex, where former President Donald Trump spoke, according to the panel. They were also involved in Steve Bannon's We Build the Wall crowdfunding group. Bannon was charged with defrauding donors but was pardoned by Trump during his final hours in the White House.
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As the panel noted last month, Stockton also "reportedly was concerned that the rally at the Ellipse would lead to a march to the Capitol that would mean 'possible danger' which he said 'felt unsafe,' and these concerns were escalated to White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows."
Still, Stockton said he and Lawrence did not have any involvement in the Capitol riot. “Violent s*** happened,” Lawrence told Rolling Stone. "We want to get to the bottom of that."