On Monday, June 6th (Yesterday), Enrique Tarrio, a former Proud Boys leader, and four other members of the far-right group that has been associated with both the January 6th insurrection and Trump generally, were indicted for seditious conspiracy for their role in the attack, some of the most serious crimes charged to date, very close to treason with a sentence of up to 20 years.
Now, in breaking news, Nick Quested, a British filmmaker who was in the process of making a documentary film on the Proud Boys and witnessed some of the group’s planning before the attack on the Capitol, with many believing Quested filmed some of the planning, confirmed that he will be among the witnesses on Thursday night’s prime-time hearing. The panel has been tight-lipped about the witnesses to be called on Thursday night. The very fact that Quested will appear in the first all-important night surely sends frozen darts of fear down the spines of everyone who had anything to do with planning the January 6th insurrection.
Were it not bad enough for the MAGA Right associated with January 6th, according to MSNBC’s Morning Joe reporter Ryan Reilly, Quested spent months with the Proud Boys in the lead up to January 6th and will not only testify about the days prior to January 6th but also about the close association with the Proud Boy Far-Right Militant group and the Trump administration itself.
Quested’s access to the Proud Boy’s activities while making a documentary had been reported almost a year ago. But no one knew exactly what Quested witnessed or filmed. Now, though, given that the Committee believes that Quested should be one of the opening witnesses, a star witness, must come as a bombshell to everyone on the Right who has spent months fearing what the Committee might know and how it will prove it.
After all, documentaries need compelling video to be a compelling film. Clearly, the Committee believes Quested is one of its most compelling witnesses and one can guess that it is because much of his testimony will be inarguably right there on film in front of the country’s eyes.
With respect to “game-changing” hearings, this announcement seems to be a game-changer for Thursday night. It is difficult to imagine a more compelling witness, a man who can link the people who attacked the Capitol, to the people who may have planned that very same attack.
Jason Miciak believes a day without learning is a day not lived. He is a political writer, features writer, author, and attorney. He is a Canadian-born dual citizen who spent his teen and college years in the Pacific Northwest and has since lived in seven states. He now enjoys life as a single dad of a young girl, writing from the beaches of the Gulf Coast. He loves crafting his flower pots, cooking, while also studying scientific philosophy, religion, and non-math principles behind quantum mechanics and cosmology. Please feel free to contact for speaking engagements or any concerns.