Doug Mastriano Refuses to Answer Questions — What Does He Know About His Five Supporters Who Were Arrested in Connection With January 6th?
At least one person who rode Mastriano’s chartered buses was arrested for their actions on January 6th. What does Doug Mastriano know about their actions that day? And did the other four ride his buses, too?
Clockwise from top left: Mastriano campaign aide Grant Clarkson (top left) at the Capitol on January 6th, a Mastriano campaign sign at the Capitol on January 6th, Mastriano supporters Pauline Bauer and William Blauser at the Capitol on January 6th, Mastriano supporter Samuel Lazar at the Capitol on January 6th.
Yesterday, Doug Mastriano walked out of his interview with the January 6th Committee and refused to answer questions about his efforts to overturn the 2020 election and his movements on January 6th — but at least five of his supporters don’t have that luxury, as they’ve been charged for their role in the insurrection, including one who rode on Mastriano’s chartered buses.
What does Doug Mastriano know about his supporters’ actions on January 6th? Did he see them that day? Did he witness them breaking any laws? And did the other four ride his chartered buses to Washington, D.C. that day?
Mastriano’s five supporters — Sandra Weyer, William Blauser Jr., Pauline Bauer, Donald Smith, and Samuel Lazar — have been charged with a myriad of crimes, including obstructing Congress, disorderly conduct, and violent entry. Mastriano’s testimony could yield important information about illegal activity on January 6th, but he refuses to answer questions.
Mastriano’s refusal to answer questions comes as he refuses to share the recording he took as insurrectionists “face[d] off” with law enforcement on the steps of the Capitol on January 6th and has been dodging questions from local reporters daily, including on his involvement in the plot to overturn the 2020 presidential election.
Instead of answering the Committee’s questions, he has been busy adding leading conspiracists like Jenna Ellis and Rudy Giuliani to his campaign, surrounding himself with violent groups involved in the insurrection — like the Three Percenters and Gab’s followers — and championing an “election-takeover plan” that includes appointing a leading figure in the Big Lie movement to oversee elections in Pennsylvania and decertifying the state’s voting machines with “the stroke of a pen” if he disagrees with results.