Since the riots and breach of the Capitol on Jan. 6, one question that needs answering is whether or not members of Trump’s campaign were involved in provoking the chaos. On Sunday, The Chicago Tribune entertained the question, providing “yes” as an answer.
The Tribune reported that the ordeal was the “brainchild of the president’s grassroots supporters” stemming from the female-led nonprofit, Women for America First.
On Jan. 6, Women for America First held the “Save America Rally” at the Ellipse — federal owned land– near the White House. But, to hold such gatherings, a National Park Service public gathering permit must be granted. Upon the group’s request, several names of “people in staff positions for the event who just weeks earlier had been paid thousands of dollars by Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign” were discovered.
The Tribune reported, “Other staff scheduled to be “on-site” during the demonstration have close ties to the White House.”
When Women for America First was asked about details pertaining to the event, the group declined to answer how it “was financed and about the Trump campaign’s involvement.”
Since the siege, many of those with ties to the White House have tried to cover-up their roles. A few:
Megan Powers, the Trump campaign’s director of operations, was one of two operation managers listed for the Jan. 6 event. According to The Tribune, “at least three of the Trump campaign aides named on the permit rushed to obscure their connections to the demonstration.”
Caroline Wren was named “VIP Advisor” on the permit. According to Federal Election Commission records, Wren paired $20,000 a month to Donald J. Trump for President Inc.
Also listed on the permit is Maggie Mulvaney, the niece of former top Trump aide Mick Mulvaney. Noted at “VIP Lead,” Mulvaney was director of finance operations for the Trump campaign.
Neither Powers, Wren or Mulvaney answered for comments.