A report from Rolling Stone on Sunday revealed that organizers of the Jan. 6 protests had "dozens" of planed meetings with White House staffers and Republican congressmen and that there was a "blanket pardon" option from Donald Trump.

Republican House members named in the conversations were Andy Biggs of Arizona, Lauren Boebert of Colorado, Mo Brooks of Alabama, Madison Cawthorn of North Carolina, Louis Gohmert of Texas, Paul Gosar of Arizona and Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia.

Since the release of the Rolling Stone report, there have been sharp rebukes on social media.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“I remember Marjorie Taylor Greene specifically,” one organizer told Rolling Stone. “I remember talking to probably close to a dozen other members at one point or another or their staffs.”

According to Greene's communication director Nick Dyer, Greene was only involved in planning to object to the election certification on the House floor and had “nothing to do with the planning of any protest.” 

Sources confirmed that former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows played a major role in the conversations. The organizer told Rolling Stone that Meadows was 100% aware of what would happen.

“He’s also like a regular figure in these really tiny groups of national organizers,” sources said. Meadows has been subpoenaed by the Jan. 6 committee investigating the attack.

There has been growing fallout since the pro-Trump mob descended on the Capitol building in an attempt to overturn the certification of the 2020 presidential election. Nearly 700 of those who stormed the Capitol face criminal charges and former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon has been held in criminal contempt of Congress by the House for not complying with a subpoena issued by the investigating committee.

Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., has said that Bannon's refusal to cooperate suggests Trump was "personally involved" in the planning of the attack. Cheney believes that Bannon had significant knowledge of the attack and that she expects the Justice Department to prosecute him.

“Based on the Committee's investigation, it appears that Mr. Bannon had substantial advance knowledge of the plans for January 6th and likely had an important role in formulating those plans," Cheney said.

Cheney noted that Bannon told his radio listeners “all hell would break loose” a day prior to the attacks and that the day would be “extraordinarily different” compared to what most Americans expected. 

"There's a much larger story that we need to understand about exactly what the plans were for that day they went so far beyond the president's legitimate right to challenge the results of the election through our court system," Cheney said.

The sources that spoke to Rolling Stone said they still believe in Trump’s agenda and they question the legitimacy of the election. They don’t believe there was an issue with the vote count but they do believe Democrats had an unfair advantage due to the voting rules that were implemented because of the pandemic.

“Democrats used tactics to disrupt their political opposition in ways that frankly were completely unacceptable,” the organizer said.

Despite their support of Trump, both sources decided to come forward due to the violence that unfolded at the Capitol. The two sources say they are willing to cooperate with investigators and turn in their former allies.

“The reason I’m talking to the committee and the reason it’s so important is that — despite Republicans refusing to participate … this commission’s all we got as far as being able to uncover the truth about what happened at the Capitol that day,” the organizer said.