January 6 select committee subpoenas Proud Boys, Oath Keepers, and their leaders

Democrat-led committee has reportedly privately spoken with more than 200 witnesses

Updated: November 24, 2021 - 8:58am

The Democrat-led House committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot has issued five new subpoenas targeting far right-wing groups including the Oath Keepers and Proud Boys.

The subpoenas went to the Proud Boys and their leader, Enrique "Henry" Tarrio, and to the Oath Keepers and their leader, Stewart Rhodes.

Members of each groups have been charged with crimes in connection with the riot, and prosecutors are alleging that members of the groups conspired ahead of time to breach the U.S. Capitol Building to disrupt Congress certifying the Electoral College vote.

"We believe the individuals and organizations we subpoenaed today have relevant information about how violence erupted at the Capitol and the preparation leading up to this violent attack," said Mississippi Democratic Rep. Bennie Thompson, chairman of the select committee. 

The special or "select" committee has issued dozens of subpoenas. Investigators say they've spoken to more than 200 witnesses, but some significant subjects of interest – including former President Trump – have not complied with subpoenas. 

Former Trump White House adviser Steve Bannon was recently indicted for contempt of Congress for defying the panel's subpoena for records and testimony. He pleaded not guilty to the charges. 

The committee has also been having troubling obtaining some of the requested documents from the Proud Boys.

Tarrio is in jail for burning a church's Black Lives Matter banner and bringing high-capacity rifle magazines into the District of Columbia.

The Proud Boys was dissolved earlier this year, and the group's attorneys are purportedly not in possession of some of the documents the committee has requested.