The January 6th Committee on Wednesday issued subpoenas to Nick Fuentes and Patrick Casey for allegedly promoting "unsupported claims about the 2020 election."
“Nicholas J. Fuentes and Patrick Casey are leaders of the 'America First' or 'Groyper' movement and were present on the Capitol grounds on January 6th," a statement from the January 6th Committee said. "Both individuals participated in the events prior to January 6th promoting unsupported claims about the election, including at the November 14th, 2020 Million MAGA March in Washington, D.C. and the December 12, 2020 Stop the Steal rallies, also in Washington, D.C., where they called for the destruction of the Republican Party for failing to overturn the election. According to public reports, both Fuentes and Casey received tens of thousands of dollars in Bitcoin from a French computer programmer, funds the FBI has scrutinized to assess whether funds from this donor were linked to the Capitol attack or otherwise used to fund illegal activity."
The Select Committee has issued subpoenas to Nicholas J. Fuentes and Patrick Casey.— January 6th Committee (@January6thCmte) January 19, 2022
The committee is demanding records and testimony from the two witnesses who promoted unsupported claims about the 2020 election and were present on the Capitol grounds on January 6th. pic.twitter.com/0mLN2C1a4k
Both are being subpoenaed purely for their political views, just as with Alex Jones who video after video shows encouraged rallygoers not to enter the Capitol.
Fuentes responded with mockery to the news on Telegram saying, "They couldn't give me my own post? What a rip."
Fuentes and Casey had a falling-out ahead of Fuentes' America First Political Action Conference (AFPAC) in Feb 2021.
"Also I wasn't sent 'tens of thousands of dollars in bitcoin,' it was hundreds of thousands. Just saying," Fuentes said in another follow-up post.
"While I was at the rally on January 6, I attended peacefully, did not enter the Capitol, and did not disobey any commands or directions given by law enforcement," Casey said in a statement on Telegram.
"Moreover, I was not involved in the planning of the January 6 rally in any capacity," he continued. "Make no mistake, the Jan. 6 Committee is nothing more than a partisan witch hunt, one designed to punish and malign President Trump and his movement. The fact that they have subpoenaed me, despite knowing that I did not engage in or encourage any illegal activity, reveals what a desperate fishing expedition this Committee's investigation is."
French computer programmer and early Bitcoin adopter Laurent Bachelier "donated more than half a million dollars in bitcoin to a variety of right-wing causes" before committing suicide due to a debilitating medical condition known as trigeminal neuralgia, the Wall Street Journal reported last year.
"There is no suggestion that the donations were a crime."
Fuentes was placed on the No Fly List and had his bank account seized last year despite not being charged with any crime.
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