The committee subpoenaed the 1st Amendment Praetorian, a group founded in 2020 that recruits military veterans and former police officers to provide security at right-wing events.
Lawmakers also subpoenaed the Oath Keepers and Proud Boys, extremist organizations with dozens of members who are facing criminal charges in connection with January 6. The panel said these subpoenas could shed light on how pro-Trump groups planned for violence that day.
Here’s what we know about the 1st Amendment Praetorian and its ties to January 6.
Like many paramilitary groups, they recruit US military veterans, retired law enforcement and ex-members of the intelligence community. Their website says their members must attend monthly training sessions.
The organization didn’t respond to CNN’s request for comment Wednesday on the subpoena.
So far, no one affiliated with the 1st Amendment Praetorian has been charged by the Justice Department in connection with the attack on the US Capitol, according to CNN’s analysis of court filings.
Who is the group’s leader?
“Today is the day the true battles begin,” Lewis tweeted at 2:18 p.m. on January 6, after the first wave of rioters breached the Capitol, which was broadcast live on national television.
A few hours later, the group’s Twitter account posted, “The cost of Truth is Pain. The greater the Truth, the greater potential for pain.” Rioters were still in the building at the time of this tweet.
Lewis didn’t respond to requests for comment on Wednesday.
How are they tied to January 6?
“I am willing to get up here and walk into danger if we need if, if we need to be there, to make sure we don’t cede this country, and have my kids grow up in a Communist hellhole,” Lewis said. “And I need each of you to fight as hard as you can to ensure that does not happen.”
What does the committee want?
The subpoena demands that Lewis turn over documents by December 7. The public version of the letter doesn’t say what specific materials are being requested. The letter references the fact that Lewis has previously said that his members wear body cameras while providing security.
The subpoena also demanded that Lewis appear for a closed-door deposition on December 16. It is unclear how Lewis will respond or whether he will show up to answer the panel’s questions.
1st Amendment Praetorian provided security at events “that amplified the former President’s unsupported claim that the election was stolen,” Thompson said in a statement, adding that the group “suggested that violence was imminent” in a Twitter post two days before January 6.