Several Congressional Republicans – including anti-LGBTQ Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), Lauren Boebert (R-CO), and Louie Gohmert (R-TX) – have been accused of helping plan the January 6 Capitol insurrection as the House investigation into the attack on democracy that day moves forward.
Several people involved in planning the attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 elections and install Donald Trump as president again have been working with the House investigation and Rolling Stone published a report based on interviews with two of the planners, with a third confirming some details.
The planners said that they talked with top Republicans, including members of the Trump administration like former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows.
The anonymous sources said that they participated in “dozens” of planning sessions to stop President Joe Biden’s 2020 election win from being certified and said that even elected officials talked with them leading up to the attack on the Capitol that resulted in five deaths.
“I remember Marjorie Taylor Greene specifically,” one planner said. “I remember talking to probably close to a dozen other members at one point or another or their staffs.”
They named names, including Greene, Boebert, Gohmert, Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC), Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ), Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL), and Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ).
“We would talk to Boebert’s team, Cawthorn’s team, Gosar’s team like back to back to back to back,” one of the planners said.
That same sources said that Gosar told them that they would get a “blanket pardon” in an unrelated investigation if they helped plan the riot.
“Our impression was that it was a done deal, that he’d spoken to the president about it in the Oval,” one of them said, “in a meeting about pardons and that our names came up. They were working on submitting the paperwork and getting members of the House Freedom Caucus to sign on as a show of support.”
“I would have done it either way with or without the pardon,” they continued. “I do truly believe in this country, but to use something like that and put that out on the table when someone is so desperate, it’s really not good business.”
Gosar has not commented on the accusation.
Greene’s communications director denied the accusation that she was involved in planning the attempted insurrection.
“Congresswoman Greene and her staff were focused on the Congressional election objection on the House floor and had nothing to do with planning of any protest,” he said in a statement.
One of the sources said that they feel “abandoned by Trump” in the aftermath of the violence, saying that they spoke with Trump campaign staffer Katrina Pierson several times leading up to the protests.
“I’m actually pretty pissed about it and I’m pissed at him,” they said.
Trump hasn’t commented on the accusations.