According to Rolling Stone, two Jan. 6 organizers said White House officials and multiple House Republicans participated in planning meetings that led to the attack on the U.S. Capitol.
“I remember Marjorie Taylor Greene specifically,” one organizer told RS. “I remember talking to probably close to a dozen other members at one point or another or their staffs.”
Other lawmakers who participated in the discussions included Reps. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz; Lauren Boebert, R-Colo.; Madison Cawthorn, R-N.C.; Andy Biggs, R-Ariz.; Mo Brooks, R-Ala.; and Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, according to the report. Greene, Boebert and Cawthorn were all newly-elected members, sworn in only a few days before the events of Jan. 6.
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“We would talk to Boebert’s team, Cawthorn’s team, Gosar’s team like back to back to back to back,” the organizer shared. Adding that Gosar even floated “blanket pardons” in a separate investigation to urge them to organizer the rallies.
“Our impression was that it was a done deal, that he’d spoken to the president about it in the Oval [office]… in a meeting about pardons and that our names came up,” the organizer said.
“They were working on submitting the paperwork and getting members of the House Freedom Caucus to sign on as a show of support.”
One organizer who spoke with Rolling Stone insisted that there had been no advance plans to attack the Capitol. There were only discussions that focused on “evidence” the lawmakers would present in Congress in tandem with the demonstration at the Ellipse.