Dustin Stockton, a Tory activist linked to Steve Bannon, answered questions on Monday from congressional investigators scrutinizing the Jan.6 attack on the Capitol, according to two sources familiar with the interview.
A spokesperson for the committee declined to comment. Stockton did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Stockton had previously gained national media attention for its connection to We Build The Wall, a crowdfunding effort that purported to raise money to build a wall on the border between the United States and Mexico. New York prosecutors have charged Steve Bannon and three others with defrauding donors in connection with the fund. In his last few weeks in office, Trump pardoned Bannon for his involvement.
Stockton has not been charged with any wrongdoing, but has reportedly been linked to the investigation. He spoke to several media outlets about the events leading up to the attack on the Capitol.
In the days and weeks leading up to the pro-Trump rallies on January 6, Stockton heavily promoted the event. And in the process, he defended some of the militia groups which had large contingents charged with having participated in the attack on the Capitol.
The Jan.6 select committee summoned 11 organizers of the pro-Trump rallies that preceded the riot. Stockton was not among them, but he has ties to some of the people involved. Several of the main organizers, including Amy Kremer, leader of Women For America First and Ali Alexander, the organizer of “Stop the Steal”, were summoned to testify this week. It is not known whether they have indicated their intention to cooperate.