Records: Trump allies behind rally that ignited Capitol riot

Records: Trump allies behind rally that ignited Capitol riot Photo: Shealah Craighead/White House, MGN

RICHARD LARDNER and MICHELLE R. SMITH/Associated Press
Updated: January 17, 2021 06:07 PM
Created: January 17, 2021 06:06 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) - An Associated Press review of records finds that veterans of President Donald Trump’s unsuccessful campaign had key roles in the Washington rally that spawned a deadly assault on the U.S. Capitol.

The findings undercut claims that the Jan. 6 event was the brainchild of the president’s grassroots supporters.

A pro-Trump nonprofit group called Women for America First hosted the “Save America Rally.”

Paperwork filed to get an event permit from the National Park Service lists more than half a dozen people who just weeks earlier had been paid thousands of dollars by Trump’s campaign.

Since the siege, several of them have scrambled to distance themselves from the rally.

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