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Monday, February 6, 2023

House Jan. 6 Investigators Contact Ex-Oath Keeper Featured in ABC News Documentary

Jason Van Tetenhove is in the ABC News doc “Homegrown: Standoff to Rebellion.”

According to Jason, the former Oath Keeper, House investigators probing the siege of the US Capitol a year ago have sought to interview a former spokesman for the Oath Keepers militia about his time with the militia group and its founder, Stewart Rhodes. . Van Tetenhove, and a congressional source familiar with the matter.

A request to interview Van Tetenhove, who says he left Oath Keepers until 2018, suggests that House investigators are casting a wide net as they gather information about Rhodes, to see if He will cooperate with their investigation.

Van Tetenhove told ABC News he plans to answer the panel’s questions, but is seeking legal advice first.

According to congressional sources, House investigator Van Tetenhove is discussing her after ABC News featured her in her new documentary “Homegrown: Standoff to Rebellion,” now on Hulu and in a story online Thursday about her ongoing efforts. are. “Atonement” and “make amends” for your time with those who swear.

Investigators issued a summons to Rhodes two months ago, asking for his testimony and documents, but Rhodes is yet to appear before him or provide documents.

“Prior to January 6, Mr. Rhodes repeatedly suggested that oath-takers should engage in violence to ensure their preferred election outcome,” the committee said in a statement when issuing the summons. “On January 6, Mr. Rhodes was reportedly in contact with a number of prosecutors sworn in before, during and after the Capitol attack, including some meeting outside the Capitol.”

However, Rhodes has stated that he was not on the Capitol grounds until the violence began, and that there is no evidence that he entered the Capitol building. He has denied any wrongdoing.

Yet, according to ABC News counts, more than 20 people charged in the federal investigation into the January 6 riots have alleged links with swearers.

Benny Thompson, D-Miss., the chairman of the House Select Committee to investigate the January 6 attacks, recently told ABC News that an upcoming hearing will address the role, in order to “put the pieces of the puzzle together.” Pledge keepers and other far-right organizations will be engaged on 6 January.

Now an artist and writer in Colorado, Van Tetenhove served as a spokesperson for Oath Keepers between 2014 and 2018. He published stories and posted videos online that promoted the federal government’s claims and highlighted the efforts of Oath Keepers to interfere in politically charged cases. all over the country.

However he now describes much of what he promoted as dangerous “propaganda” that can lead to violent confrontations.

“And I think we saw its culmination on January 6th, when the Capitol riots happened,” he said.

Van Tetenhove left the group after engaging with white nationalists and Holocaust deniers early in Donald Trump’s presidency, which he said was “a very difficult right turn”.

Van Tetenhove said, “I became a campaigner for what they were doing. I feel really bad about it now.”

Rhodes has insisted for years that his organization is non-partisan and that it only wants to help ensure people protect their rights.

ABC News’ Benjamin Siegel contributed to this report.

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