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Jan. 6 protest organizers say they met with GOP representatives such as Paul Gosar, Madison Cawthorn, and Lauren Boebert ahead of Capitol insurrection: report

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Insurrectionists in the Capitol
Supporters of Donald Trump broke past Capitol Police into Capitol on January 6, 2021, in an attempt to stop the electoral vote certification. Photo by Brent Stirton/Getty Images
  • Two Jan. 6 protest organizers told Rolling Stone that they met with more than "a dozen" GOP representatives.

  • They say they met with several members of Congress including Paul Gosar, Lauren Boebert, and Madison Cawthorn.

  • It's unclear what exactly they discussed when meeting the representatives, but three of those named have previously been credited for helping plan a Jan. 6 rally.

Two pro-Trump rally organizers who planned election protests across the US, including demonstrations in Washington DC on January 6, said they regularly met with GOP representatives or their top staff in the weeks leading up to the event of the Capitol attack.

In an exclusive interview published by Rolling Stone on Sunday, the organizers said they allegedly spoke to "a dozen" representatives or their teams, naming Rep. Paul Gosar and Rep. Andy Biggs of Arizona, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado, Rep. Madison Cawthorn of North Carolina, Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas, and Rep. Mo Brooks of Alabama.

"We would talk to Boebert's team, Cawthorn's team, Gosar's team like back to back to back to back," said one of the organizers.

"I remember Marjorie Taylor Greene specifically," the same organizer also said. The names of both sources have been kept secret because they are cooperating with the House select committee's probe into the Capitol insurrection, per Rolling Stone.

They said they were willing to share information on the protests because they were upset that their demonstrations had turned into a siege on the US Capitol.

It's unclear what was discussed with each representative, but the organizers gave Rolling Stone an example with Gosar, saying he offered them the possibility of receiving a "blanket pardon" to motivate them to plan the rallies.

Three of these representatives - Biggs, Brooks, and Gosar - were previously credited by "Stop the Steal" movement organizer Ali Alexander for helping plan a rally on that day, which Brooks and Biggs denied.

In response to the anonymous organizers' claims, a spokesperson for Greene told Insider that the representative "had nothing to do with planning of any protest."

Instead, Greene was preparing to dispute current President Joe Biden's election victory on the House floor, wrote the spokesperson in an email.

"She objected just like Democrats who have objected to Republican presidential victories over the years," he wrote.

"Just like in 2017, when Jim McGovern, Jamie Raskin, Pramila Jayapal, Barbara Lee, Sheila Jackson Lee, Raul Grijalva, and Maxine Waters tried to prevent President Trump's election win from being certified."

The offices of Gosar, Biggs, Brooks, Boebert, Cawthorn, and Gohmert did not immediately respond to Insider's requests for comment.

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