Former Trump Campaign Staffers Helped Organize Pre-riot Rally A pro-Trump mob storms the U.S. Capitol following a rally with President Donald Trump on January 6, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Samuel Corum/Getty Images)
By Brian Freeman | Monday, 18 January 2021 01:16 PM
Former Trump campaign staffers were listed as official event organizers and helped secure the permit for the "Save America" rally that led to the storming of the Capitol, despite repeated denials from Trump’s reelection campaign that it was involved, several news organizations discovered through a review of official paperwork, the Business Insider reported on Monday.
Several former campaign and White House staffers were also mentioned in the paperwork as being on-site staff during the event, as investigated by The Associated Press, ABC News, and The Washington Post.
None of those who were revealed to be involved in the organization of the event responded for comment.
The Trump campaign told ABC News that it "did not organize, operate or finance the event" and that no campaign staff members were involved in the organization or operation of the rally.
It said that if any former employees or independent contractors helped organize the event, "they did not do so at the direction of the Trump campaign."
In addition, several established Republican groups that were involved in the rallies leading up to the riot have since tried to distance themselves from the violence, according to The Washington Post.
President Donald Trump and his allies have faced significant criticism in the aftermath of the Capitol riot, including from 10 Republican representatives who joined their Democrat colleagues in voting to impeach Trump last week.