Conservative donor and heir to the Publix grocery chain, Julia “Julie” Fancelli, was prepared to spend up to $3 million to support participants in the protest before the January 6 attack on the US Capitol last year, according to documents and questions during her testimony before the House of Representatives. January 6 committee.
Extremist conspiracy peddler Alex Jones apparently made $200,000 from Fancelli, longtime Donald Trump’s aide Roger Stone was given a private flight to Washington, D.C., and young Trump disciple Charlie Kirk, who became president of Turning Point USA. It apparently took $1.25 million to move the masses of Trump supporters. to the capital, according to the interrogation report released by the committee on Thursday.
According to an email cited in the query, Stone would use $50,000 of the $200,000 provided to him for the “rally operating budget.”
Fancelli was willing to spend up to $3 million on individuals and groups participating in the protest, according to a GOP fundraising event quoted when questioned during the deposition, but according to the transcript, some of the funds went instead to the run-off in Georgia last year.
Almost all of the information about Fancelli’s involvement on January 6 has emerged through cited documents or through inquiries about known interactions and statements. The transcript reveals that Fancelli repeatedly quoted the Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination in his testimony.
About 900 people were charged in connection with the Capitol attack, including assault, trespassing, and damage to state property.
The Washington Post previously reported that Fancelli was the rally’s largest known donor, donating $650,000 to the groups behind the “Stop Playing” organization. But the breakdown of his interrogation, which spoke of wire transfers and various communications, revealed that his financial role was much larger than previously known. He told the Post that he had no idea the incident would turn violent.
The Post noted that part of his motivation to fund activities that day was his personal dedication to Jones and Stone and his belief in Kirk’s organizational capacities.
“Where are Roger and Alex talking?” According to the transcript of the interview, she texted him to a GOP fundraising event that facilitated donations.
Kirk boasted of sending 80 buses to Washington, but apparently only sent up to seven.
Turning Point USA used $60,000 from Fancelli To cover the speaking fee of Donald Trump Jr.’s fiancee, Kimberly Guilfoyle, the Post reports. According to the transcript, the payment was made despite the fact that Fancelli and one of his associates took an item out of the budget for the speaking fees.
Publix, headquartered in Lakeland, Florida, where Fancelli lived, sought to distance itself from his involvement.
“We are deeply disturbed by Ms. Fancelli’s involvement in the events that led to the tragic attack on the Capitol Building on January 6,” the company said in response to Post’s questions about her role in the uprising last year.
Check out the full transcript here.