Quested told the Daily Kos that testifying he would offer the committee only “his experience.”
“I’m a journalist. I saw it in the EU. I filmed it. If you don’t believe what I have to say, I don’t know who you believe,” he said. “I’ll just tell you what I saw.”
Quested is the owner and CEO of Goldcrest Films. He and his group of documentaries were with the Proud Boys at highlights on January 5 and January 6. During the attack, Quested was surrounded, capturing the shocking chaos.
The day before, his team captured another series of disturbing moments: a meeting in an underground parking lot between Henry Enrique Tarrio, leader of Proud Boys, and Elmer Stewart Rods, leader of the extremist organization Oath Keepers.
This video has become the main evidence in the relevant conspiracy allegations against Tarrio and Rhodes.
When prosecutors released 22 minutes of Quested footage last month, prosecutors said one underground was directly referring to the Capitol and said Tarrio seemed “shabby” because he wanted to re-establish contact with members of an extremist group that could storm. Capitol in less than 24 hours. The meeting was also attended by J.Oshua Macias, Vets for Trump Manager, Bianca Gracia, Latinos Manager for Trump. Kelly SoRelle, Oath Keepers Attorney and Amy Harris, Freelance Photographer.
Until the January 5 garage meeting, Tarrio was very fresh from an arrest warrant for burning a Black Lives Matter banner in a historic church in Colombia. He was met at an airport in the Capitol region just 24 hours in advance and was charged with two crimes for storing large logs. Tarrio later told authorities that one of him was buying magazines online and that he arrived in the Colombian area, knowing his outstanding order to sell them.
Tarrio’s attorney recently told a federal judge that the parking garage meeting was accidental; Tarrio was looking for a lawyer. He thought Rhodes could be good.
Although the Quested team filmed much of the meeting, there were times when the filming team was forced to retire and no audio was captured. The quest told the Daily Kos that he did not think the statements he could hear were related to the “conspiracy” at the time, but he admitted it was “part of the conversation” that he did not hear.
“The next day I heard, ‘I’ll keep my boys safe,’ I don’t think my relationship is compromised, I think I’m fine. ‘ “I heard that they spoke of the Capitol, but I didn’t hear it, so I can’t say that I heard it.”
Quested said he did not always believe there was a conspiracy between Rhodes and Tarrio.
“I think there were separate plans that worked in concert, but not secretly. I think there are different plans collapsing on the Capitol’s stairs. I don’t think there’s one plan, but they’re all part of it,” Quested said. management. Trump does not manage anything, he is a chaos merchant. He would rather make people compete for his sympathies than organize it.
The British filmmaker told Politico in April that he had been summoned by the Ministry of Justice and that he was confronted with questions about his interactions with extremist groups. He felt that “he was initially treated like a conspirator of proud boys,” he said at the time. But those feelings disappeared.
Although there were some parts to the conversation between Rhodes and Tario, he admits he did not hear on January 5, and Quested admitted that “the optics are terrible,” he said.
When evaluating the members of the group met, Quested’s evaluation was open.
He said that individually, some proud boys seemed “attractive enough”.
“Yes, I have a different policy and we could discuss politics. But as a group, the ideology is very tramp. And that unites them. It’s as if I was trying to find out if they were football hooligans or jacobins or brown shirts,” Quested said. I think it’s kind of a combination of all three. ”
The Proud Boys describe themselves as a group of Western chauvinists. They support ideals that are rife with bigotry, racism, xenophobia and women’s poverty. The Southern Center for Poverty recognizes them as a hate group.
During a presidential debate in September 2020, Tramp was asked to condemn white supremacy and condemn the hate group. He didn’t. Instead, he told them to “stand back and stand aside.”
Prior to January 6, the proud boys were involved in many violent incidents and participated in various Trumpet rallies or events in which he was supported. Just hours before Tarrio burned the Black Lives Matter banner in DC on December 12, during the Million MAGA March, he posted a photograph of Parler standing on the White House stairs.
Bianka Grasia of Latinos for Trump visited the White House that day. A spokesman for the White House tramp told the Washington Post at the time that it was a public tour and that Tarrio had never met Trump.
It should be noted that Gracia posted a photo on Facebook on the social network in 2019, showing Tarrio along with Donald Trump Jr. and Trumpet Campaign Adviser Kimberley Gilfoil.
Quested delivery is open. He is unquestionable about his views. He explained that he was not interested in trying to fit into a particular narration during his testimony. However, he was convinced that he considered the committee to be doing important, critical work.
“I hope we can create a real sense of record: what actually happened, what people did and what people did, then I think the committee could set the motivation. I think it would be great what the committee could achieve,” he said. said.
Quested then lamented the state of discourse in the United States
“It simply came to our notice then. The reason why America is fighting right now is because there is no coherent set of facts. You know, you can’t discuss [for example] a period of slavery, or something now, because people will not agree with the set of facts. If we can agree on a set of facts, if that happens, then we can discuss how to improve it, ”said Quested. “I think it’s important and everything that follows, I think that’s the point.”
“There has to be a record that people believe in, and I don’t think the committee is a politically vindictive, vengeful body that is here to destroy trampism, but they are here to bring clarity about motivation and action from election to end. January. “
In addition to Queded’s remarks on Thursday night, U.S. Capitol police officer Caroline Edwards is expected to share her eyewitness testimony.
Edwards told Good Morning America last fall that she had watched more than 200 insurgents attack her on January 6 as they approached, breaking down barriers. One was thrown at her. It hit her, and when she fell to the ground, she hit her in the concrete. She suffered a traumatic brain injury. Almost a year after the attack, she was still dealing with the protracted problems associated with the incident.
It is expected that part of Thursday’s presentation will go into the activities of the proud boy Joseph Bigs, who is currently facing charges of conspiracy with Henry Tarrio.
On January 6, just as Capitol Castle was on the verge of attack, prosecutors say Bigss had exchanged someone in a crowd with Ryan Samsel.
This was a critical moment. In the videos filmed in Quested, Samsels, who has a red hat Make America Great Again, talks to Bigs. After the exchange, Samsel immediately goes to the police barricade and, according to his oath, takes an aggressive stance ”and begins to confront the police.
Prosecutors say Samsel pushed down the barricade in a short time, eventually shooting down Officer Edwards. Edwards, identified in the court records as a 0-1 officer, recalled that Samsel told her during the exchange, “We don’t have to hurt you. Why are you standing in our way? ”