The accused Jan. 6 rioter who warned of a possible ‘civil war’ is expected to testify before the House committee on Tuesday


An Ohio man who has accused Joe Biden, other Democrats and the mainstream media of ‘treason’ is expected to testify at a public hearing on Tuesday before the House committee investigating the attack on the US Capitol last year, according to a source familiar with the matter. .

The hearing is expected to focus on the rise of radical extremism in the United States, and the source said one of the key witnesses will be Stephen Ayres of Warren, Ohio, who recently pleaded to admitting illegally entering the Capitol. on January 6, 2021. .

A former spokesman for the Oath Keepers militia, Jason Van Tatenhove, will also testify on Tuesday, the source said.

In court documents filed last month, Ayres admitted that the day before the riot, he had traveled to Washington, D.C., to protest Congress’ certification of the results of the 2020 presidential election.

On Facebook, Ayres had highlighted then-President Donald Trump’s call for his supporters to descend on Washington on Jan. 6, which Trump said will be “wild” in a Tweet he posted. on December 19, 2020.

During Tuesday’s hearing, the committee hopes to explore the impact Tweet has had on Trump supporters, committee aides said. The hearing is also expected to include excerpts from former White House attorney Pat Cipollone’s deposition with congressional investigators last week, sources familiar with the matter told ABC News.

Two days before departing for the nation’s capital, Ayres posted a message on Facebook saying, “Mainstream media, social media, the Democratic Party, FISA Courts, Chief Justice John Roberts, Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, etc… have all pledged TREASON against a sitting US President!!! All are now being warned by “We The People!””

Stephen Ayres, who pleaded guilty to a federal charge of unlawfully entering the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, is seen in an updated photo.

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The previous week, Ayres had said in social media posts that it was “time for us to start standing up against tyranny!” and he warned that “If the [deep state] rob President Trump!!! Civil war will ensue!”, according to the FBI.

Ayres joined the crowd outside the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, then entered the building this afternoon, according to court documents.

Last month, he pleaded guilty to a federal charge of disorderly conduct inside a restricted-access building. His sentencing is scheduled for September.

An attorney representing Ayres declined to comment when contacted by ABC News.

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