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WASHINGTON — A former spokesperson for the Oath Keepers, a far-right militia group, will seem as a witness on the House Jan. 6 committee’s subsequent public listening to on Tuesday, a supply conversant in the plans informed NBC Information.
Whereas he was not a part of the Oath Keepers, whose members have pleaded responsible to seditious conspiracy in reference to the riot, throughout or main as much as Jan. 6, 2021, the supply stated, Jason Van Tatenhove is predicted to talk on the group’s propagandization and radicalization through the years, together with how founder Stewart Rhodes capitalized on conspiracy theories to construct membership and funding.
Van Tatenhove, who was employed because the Oath Keepers’ nationwide media director in 2014, has not been actively concerned with the group since roughly 2017, the supply stated. Whereas he was employed by the group, Rhodes even lived with Van Tatenhove for quite a few months.
With six public hearings down and at the least two extra to go, Tuesday’s televised occasion will focus on what some members of panel have known as the “marshaling of the mob” — together with proof of coordination between Trump, his high aides and associates, and white nationalist or militia teams like Oath Keepers and Proud Boys. Committee members say the 2 teams led the assault on the Capitol.
Van Tatenhove met with the committee on March 9 for 3 and a half hours. He had additionally spoken with the committee just about previous to his in-person interview, in keeping with Raphael Prober, his lawyer.
Prober in March described Van Tatenhove as “a former worker of the Oath Keepers who has not been related to the group for a few years, however who has spoken out, and continues to take action as we speak, concerning the critical hazard that such violent extremist teams pose.”
The committee has not disputed that Van Tatenhove will seem, although it declined to offer additional remark.