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Roger Stone’s ex-assistant caught making sleazy plea to Trump fans ahead of Jan. 6

A week before the Jan. 6, 2021, uprising, a former aide to Republican political consultant Roger Stone joined a conference call with supporters of then-President Donald Trump and urged them to “get down on Capitol Hill. to pressure lawmakers. not certify the 2020 election, The New York Times reported on Tuesday.

Right-wing communications specialist and QAnon promoter Jason Sullivan allegedly told listeners on a December 30, 2020 call that the 2020 election was stolen and ordered them to go to Washington, D.C., on January 6 to making members of Congress “sweat” when it met to finalize the voter count.

“If we make people sweat inside this building and they understand that they might not be able to walk the streets if they do the wrong thing, then maybe they will do the right thing. thing,” he said. the Times, which obtained a recording of the call.

While saying he was “not inciting violence or any kind of rioting,” Sullivan also told listeners that Trump would impose some form of martial law that day and not leave office.

“[Joe] Biden will never be in this White House,” he reportedly said on the call. “That’s my promise to each of you.”

It is unclear if anyone on the call participated in the attack on the US Capitol.

In a statement to The Times through an attorney, Sullivan said he did not condone violence from any protesters and called his remarks “just sharing ‘some encouragement’ with what he called voters.” deprived of their rights”.

The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack recently revealed it has enough evidence to refer Trump to the Justice Department on criminal charges relating to his role in planning the effort. aimed at annulling the elections, although he has not yet decided on a course of action. .

Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), co-chair of the committee, said the panel had an “enormous amount of testimony and material that I think demonstrates very, very clearly the extent of the planning, organization and purpose”. of Trump and his allies.

The Justice Department is also expanding its Jan. 6 investigation to examine the potential culpability of other Trump associates and allies involved in planning and executing the attack on the Capitol. The federal investigation previously focused primarily on the rioters who stormed the Capitol that day, resulting in more than 700 arrests.

The department declined to tell The Times if it was aware of Sullivan’s call.

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