The Associated Press reports:
Members of President Donald Trump’s failed presidential campaign played key roles in orchestrating the Washington rally that spawned a deadly assault on the U.S. Capitol, according to an Associated Press review of records, undercutting claims the 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” on Jan. 6 at the Ellipse, an oval-shaped, federally owned patch of land near the White House.
But an attachment to the National Park Service public gathering permit granted to the group lists more than half a dozen people in staff positions for the event who just weeks earlier had been paid thousands of dollars by Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign.
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AP review of records finds that veterans of President Trump’s campaign were key players in the Jan. 6 rally that spawned a deadly assault on the U.S. Capitol, undercutting claims that the rally was the brainchild of the president’s grassroots supporters. https://t.co/mIaIgftGJk
— The Associated Press (@AP) January 17, 2021