U.S. House Committee subpoenas Senator Doug Mastriano in Jan. 6 investigation

The House Committee Investigating the January 6, 2021 Attack on the U.S. Capitol and Efforts to Cancel the 2020 Election Released subpoenas for six others on Tuesday, including State Sen. Doug Mastriano, R-Franklin.

Mastriano, an ally of former President Donald Trump and GOP gubernatorial candidate of Pennsylvania, attended the “save america” rally, the morning precursor to the mortal riot. He denied committing any acts of violence, but the state senator appears to have been much closer to the Capitol than he initially claimed, according to video footage.

In a statement, the U.S. House committee said Mastriano – who did not respond to a call seeking comment – was “part of a plan to organize an alternative list of voters” and allegedly spoke with Trump about “post-election activities”. The panel cited a Nov. 28, 2020, tweet from Mastriano, who said he was advocating for the Republican-controlled Pennsylvania Legislature to nominate Electoral College delegates.

Ahead of the 2020 election and in the year since current President Joe Biden took office, Mastriano amplified baseless allegations of voter fraud. He smuggled false information about mail-in ballot totals and staged a November 2020 hearing at Gettysburg where Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani and other supporters repeated unsubstantiated fraud allegations before a panel of Republican lawmakers.

In June, he launched a so-called “forensic investigationof the 2020 election and made an extensive request for election equipment and information for voters in Philadelphia, York and Tioga counties.

Mastriano tour the GOP-backed election review in Arizona last summer. He was joined by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rob Kauffman, R-Franklin, and Senate Intergovernmental Operations Committee Chairman Cris Dush, R-Jefferson, who is now leading the taxpayer-funded election inquiry .

Since Mastriano, still a member of the Senate Intergovernmental Operations Committee, was removed as committee chair, he has remained silent about the review and its progress.

He also declined to talk about his involvement in an election review in Fulton County, conducted by a private firm linked to Sidney Powell, a pro-Trump attorney who helped bring lawsuits challenging the 2020 election.

Records obtained by the Capital-Star and government watchdogs through Right to Know requests confirm that Mastriano and Sen. Judy Ward, R-Blair, who also serves on the Senate committee investigating the investigation, helped facilitate an independent, third-party review of the books in rural Pennsylvania after the 2020 election.

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