Pa. GOP gubernatorial candidate shares documents with Jan. 6 panel, agrees to interview

That leaves the committee with a stark choice: Does it accept the limited output of Mastriano, a stalwart of Donald Trump who embraced the former president’s failed quest to de-certify the 2020 election, or fight for more?

A letter from Mastriano’s attorney to the committee, dated May 31, includes a link to the documents.

Called for comment, Mastriano’s attorney, Tim Parlatore, said the gubernatorial candidate delivered everything the Jan. 6 panel asked for.

“Sen. Mastriano has nothing to hide and has provided all relevant documents and will participate in a voluntary interview as the committee has agreed to waive a formal deposition for him,” he said.

Receipts provided to the January 6 panel confirm that Mastriano’s campaign committee, Friends of Doug Mastriano, paid $3,354 to a charter bus company in late December 2020, as noted by progressive news site The American. Independent.

Another document in the installment appears to be a passenger manifesto indicating that Mastriano’s campaign sold more than 130 tickets in Washington to join the “Stop the Steal” protests that later metastasized into a Capitol siege.

Mastriano advertised seats for sale on Facebook, according to local news station WHYY, and himself was outside the Capitol building on January 6.

In the weeks following Election Day 2020, Mastriano vigorously supported Trump’s efforts to avoid certification of the election results. He sent a host of letters to key lawmakers and the Justice Department calling on them to join the then president’s ill-fated efforts.

These letters, which Mastriano tweeted at the time, are included in the documents he gave to the committee. He also worked on efforts to send a list of “substitute voters” to Washington — part of a national endeavor that would come under scrutiny from the DOJ.

On November 25, 2020, Mastriano helped organize an event in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, which was billed as a hearing on election “issues and irregularities.” Trump ally Rudy Giuliani – who later helped lead the defeated president’s legal efforts to challenge the results – headlined the rally. Trump participated in it. Mastriano went to the White House next week for a meeting with Trump, CNN reported, but had to leave because he tested positive for Covid.

In the months that followed, the alliance between the three men remained intact.

Mastriano confirmed in May 2021 that Giuliani had agreed to host a fundraiser for him, according to a May 5 report from local station ABC 27. A year later, last month, Trump endorsed Mastriano in the Republican primary packed with the Governor of Pennsylvania.

“There is no one in Pennsylvania who has done more or fought harder for electoral integrity than State Senator Doug Mastriano,” the former president said in a statement announcing the endorsement.

In March, Mastriano hosted an event with MyPillow CEO and voter fraud conspiracy theorist Mike Lindell at Gettysburg. Entering this event, attendees signed a petition to uncertify the state’s 2020 election results, according to PennLive.

Mastriano beat the competition in May’s Republican gubernatorial primary, garnering more than twice as many votes as the runner-up. His win sparked frustration among some state party members who see him as too far-right to beat Democratic gubernatorial candidate Josh Shapiro in the swing state.

Meanwhile, Mastriano isn’t the only rising Republican to face a subpoena from the select committee as Jan. 6 investigators prepare for weeks of multiple public hearings. Last month, the panel subpoenaed five House Republicans, including Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, the likely next speaker if the GOP flips the chamber this fall.

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