Mastriano ready to speak to January 6 committee, spoke to FBI | Policy
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania Republican candidate for governorDoug Mastriano, offered to sit down for an interview with the congressional committee investigating the January 6 attack on the United States Capitol and was questioned by FBI agents last year about it, his attorney said Thursday.
Mastriano’s attorney, Timothy Parlatore, said Mastriano told the FBI he was unaware of a planned insurgency or any coordination behind the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol.
“He has already been approached and sat down for a voluntary interview with the FBI and told them the truth about everything that happened that day,” Parlatore said. “The FBI cleared him.”
Parlatore said he also provided documents earlier this week to the January 6 committee in response to a subpoena dated February 15 in Mastriano. Parlatore offered an interview months ago, he said. The committee has not yet scheduled an interview with Mastriano, and he has nothing to hide, Parlatore said.
Mastriano’s submission of documents comes as lawmakers seek to gather as much testimony and evidence as possible before beginning a series of public hearings next week. The committee interviewed more than 1,000 witnesses and collected tens of thousands of pages of documents in an effort to give the American public the most comprehensive look at the events leading up to the worst attack on the Capitol in two centuries.
A Senate judiciary report released late last year alleged that Mastriano and his wife “took part in the Jan. 6 insurrection,” citing footage of them walking through barricades and police cordons at the Capitol. Mastriano told reporters he left when things turned violent.
Mastriano has previously denied breaking any laws that day and he has not been charged with any crime related to the attack on the Capitol.
There is no evidence that Mastriano entered the Capitol building or participated in the violence. He declined repeated efforts by The Associated Press over the past year to interview him about what he did and saw that day. He called the violence “unacceptable”.
Mastriano was among Trump’s most dedicated supporters during the 2020 campaign and was a prominent peddler of unsubstantiated claims that the election was stolen of Trump. He presented a plan to the Republican-controlled state Legislature to overturn Biden’s victory in Pennsylvania and empower lawmakers to instead award the state’s electoral votes to Trump.
Mastriano then arranged bus trips to the United States Capitol on January 6 and pre-announced himself as a scheduled speaker on the steps of the Capitol during the afternoon. He described getting top spots for Trump’s Speech before the riot. Trump also endorsed Mastriano for governor.
In its subpoena, the Jan. 6 committee also noted Mastriano’s presence outside the Capitol on the day of the uprising, saying his public statements indicated “you saw ‘agitators…stand in front of the police” and “agitators…start pushing the police down the steps of the Capitol.
Parlatore on Thursday dismissed the committee’s work as ‘not a real investigation’ and politically motivated, designed to boost Democrats’ prospects in The November midterm elections. The panel is made up of seven Democrats and two Republicans.
Congressional investigators hope to learn more about Mastriano’s role in a plan to organize a list of “substitute” voters of Pennsylvania for Trump after the 2020 election. These people then declared themselves the legitimate voters and submitted fake Electoral College certificates declaring Trump the winner of the presidential election in the state.
These “substitute voters” certificates were then sent to Congress, where several Republican allies of Trump in the House and Senate used them to justify delaying or blocking the certification of the election during the joint session of Congress. of January 6. The committee will devote part of its public hearings to the bogus voter scheme and the people who helped bring it to life.
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