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While many videos of the Capitol insurrection have already been posted on social media, there are likely hundreds more video footage of the incident that has yet to be looked through. The newest slate of subpoenas may also further provide information on the insurrection through bodycam footage from the insurrectionists themselves.
Speaking with MSNBC host Alex Witt, Hugo Lowell of The Guardian said that the newest set of subpoenas that include Trump associate Roger Stone, right-wing figure Alex Jones, and members of right-wing militia groups the Proud Boys and the Oath Keepers may reveal new information. Lowell said that the newest slate of subpoenas gives an idea of what the House committee is looking for in its probe into the riots.
“They want the documents, they want the testimony as usual,” said Lowell. “They’re also looking for body-cam footage. These guys wore body cams everywhere. If there were incriminating conversations or meetings, then the committee wants to get a hold of that as well.”
When pressed by Witt on what the subpoenas on Stone and Jones mean for the direction of the investigation and whether the high-profile Trump staff would cooperate with the House panel, Lowell explained that with Jones and Stone, both were invited to speak at the rally that preceded the insurrection. Lowell also noted that while they were also invited to join in the rally, they were not present when the insurrection took place.
“I think the fact that Chairman Bennie Thompson mentioned this in the letter shows where the committee is going with this, and they want to know how did these guys, you know, who are connected to the people -- that are connected to Trump world operatives, possibly even to President Trump himself, did they have advance knowledge of what might go down at the Capitol and what was the reason why they didn’t participate? I think this is the central question,” Lowell explained.
Meanwhile, a top newspaper in Missouri is calling for the US Ethics Committee in the Senate to investigate Republican Senator Josh Hawley for any possible involvement in the Capitol insurrection. Hawley became infamous for being among the senators to publicly announce to oppose certification of Joe Biden’s victory while also giving a raised fist to the insurrectionists before entering the Capitol.