Jan. 6 rioter Stephen Ayres to testify earlier than Home panel

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WASHINGTON — Stephen Ayres, an Ohio man who entered the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, testified Tuesday to the congressional committee investigating the assault. Ayres pleaded responsible final month to fees associated to his actions on Jan. 6 as a part of an settlement with federal prosecutors.In his testimony, Ayres acknowledged that he was not part of any extremist group, however a “household man and a working man” who was taken in by former President Trump. “Household is my life,” he instructed the committee. Following Trump on social media led Ayres down the trail to coming into the Capitol constructing on Jan. 6, he testified. “I used to be fairly hardcore into the social media,” Ayres stated. “I adopted President Trump on the entire web sites. He mainly put out, ‘Come to the Cease the Steal rally’ and I felt like I wanted to be down right here.”Ayres stated he believed all of Trump’s lies about how the election was rigged and stolen. His preliminary plans within the nation’s capital had been to attend the rally on the Ellipse forward of the electoral vote depend on the Capitol. However his plan modified throughout Trump’s speech. “The president acquired everyone riled up and instructed everyone to go [to the Capitol],” Ayres stated. “So we mainly had been simply following what he stated. I believe everyone thought he was going to be coming [to the Capitol]. He stated in his speech that he was going to be there with us. I believed it.”After heading to the Capitol at Trump’s urging, Ayres confronted federal legal fees, misplaced his job, and needed to promote his dwelling, he instructed the committee. In response to a charging doc filed by federal prosecutors, a member of Ayres’ household tipped off investigators to his involvement within the assault on the Capitol. Prosecutors alleged that Ayres posted his actions on Jan. 6 to Fb later that very same day. In a video seen by federal investigators, Ayres, alongside two different folks, recognized himself by title and described his actions contained in the constructing. “Ayres acknowledged that the ‘pretend information’ wouldn’t precisely report on what occurred on the Capitol however that they’d ‘seen all of it’ and so they ‘acquired footage all over on the Capitol,’” prosecutors alleged.In an affidavit, prosecutors claimed that on Jan. 2, 2021, Ayres referred to as on others to affix in what he stated can be a historic second. “Historical past is being made proper in entrance of your eyes!” Ayres allegedly wrote on Fb. “When your grandchildren ask ‘The place had been you when………..occurred?’ What’s your reply going to be?” Ayres now realizes that Trump’s accusations concerning the rigging and stealing of the presidential election are false, particularly given the truth that all his makes an attempt to problem the end result failed in court docket, he instructed the committee. “I felt like I had horse blinders on, I used to be locked in the entire time,” Ayres stated. “The most important factor for me is to take the blinders off, be sure you step again and see what’s going on earlier than it’s too late.”As he was leaving the listening to, Ayres apologized to every member of the Capitol Police who attended Thursday’s listening to for his actions on Jan. 6.

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