On Tuesday, Stephen Ayers, the main suspect, and defendant in the January 6 riot, appeared before the public hearing before the House committee looking into the assault on the U.S. Capitol the year before.
Stephen, the main suspect, was a Trump supporter from Warren, Ohio, who gained notoriety after the violence on January 6 when authorities revealed photos of him taking part in the unrest.
TheHill reports that Stephen Ayres, who testified about the incident, was named the riot defendant during the Capitol riot trial. The hearing was centered on a tweet that former President Trump sent on December 19, 2020.
Ayres’s Facebook page was screenshotted by a member of Stephen’s family, who also included a post from Trump that the Capitol defendant shared, proving that the defendant entered the Capitol on the day of the violence and had previously stated his desire to do so.
Putting a Jan. 6 defendant before a live national audience is somewhat of a risky maneuver, but Stephen Ayres isn’t necessarily that much of a wild card. He’s in that sweet spot between pleading guilty and being sentenced, so he’s incentivized to stay in his lane. pic.twitter.com/Mrfot2stt7
— Ryan J. Reilly (@ryanjreilly) July 12, 2022
Who Is Steven Ayres From January 6 Hearing?
One of the witnesses who will appear in front of Congress as part of the ongoing inquiry into the January 6 Capital riots is anticipated to be Stephen Ayres from Warren, Ohio. The subject of the hearing will be a tweet sent by former president Trump on December 19, 2020.
In the tweet, he referenced Peter Navarro’s allegations of electoral fraud and announced that a demonstration would be held in Washington, D.C., on January 6, 2021. On January 6, 2021, Trump supporter Ayres broke the law to enter the U.S. Capitol building.